Let's Meet Craig Lewis, The First Man To Live Without A Heart

Craig Lewis, The First Man To Live Without A Heart
If you stay in this part of the world, you'd have endlessly heard the statement, someone is 'heartless' from many people.
In this, we mean someone doesn't have a good mine, someone is wicked or so on...Lol!
Well, but that is the way we abuse everything here, even English.
There's only one man who has been able to live without a 'heart' thanks to medicine!

A 55-year old gentleman, Craig Lewis was experiencing a life threatening heart disease, amyloidosis.
He was admitted to the Texas Heart Institute.
The disease, amyloidosis (pronounced am-uh-loi-DO-sis) is a rare disease and occurs when a substance called amyloid builds up in your organs. Amyloid is an abnormal protein that is produced in your bone marrow and can be deposited in any tissue or organ.

Luckily, Dr. Bud Frazier and Dr. Billy Cohn from the Institute came up with what they call a 'continuous flow' device which would let blood to circulate through his body without a pulse.
They detached Mr. Lewis' heart and then they connected they device, their patient was up, well and speaking in less than 24 hours.
The device is formed by intricately tying together two ventricular assist devices, thereby replacing the entire heart and it whirls instead of pulses, spinning blood through the body in a continuous flow.

Dr. Cohn is an expert surgeon and also a scientist and discoverer. He has spent a large part of his life developing technologies that will substitute or replace the human heart.
Among his most distinguished devices is the Left Ventricular Assist Device, also known as the LVADs.
He teamed up with Dr. Bud Frazier to make a new discovery that uses the technology from LVADs to duplicate the functions of the heart’s right and left ventricles.
They tried their device on 70 calves, and they all gave a flat line on an EKG, but no heart rate or pulse, yet were flawlessly normal, ate as usual, related well with each other but had no heartbeats.

The heart is a muscular organ that pumps blood around the body. Common diseases that affect the heart are myocardial infarction, rheumatic heart disease,endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, atherosclerosis, congenital heart diseases, myomas, hemochromatosis, cancers, coronary artery diseases and so on.
Thanks to medicine, we can now live better lives. What do you think?
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