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Girl's Heart Regenerates With Artificial Assist

kdawson posted about 7 years ago | from the all-heart dept.

Biotech 184

Socguy writes with news about a 15-year-old girl who has become the first Canadian to have an artificial heart removed after her own heart healed itself. "Doctors at the Stollery Children's hospital implanted the Berlin Heart, a portable mechanical device that keeps blood pumping in an ailing heart, so she could survive until a transplant became available. But over the next few months, Melissa's overall condition improved dramatically, and her heart muscle regained much of its strength. After 146 days on the Berlin Heart, Melissa underwent surgery to have the device removed."

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Let forth... (1)

2.7182 (819680) | about 7 years ago | (#20394847)

the broken heart jokes (I couldnt tink of one)

Re:Let forth... (5, Funny)

siyavash (677724) | about 7 years ago | (#20394859)

No, the joke would be too cruel. For god sake, somebody think of the children! :p

Re:Let forth... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20394937)

...Because otherwise, the terrorists have won...

Re:Let forth...Pffaaa! (3, Funny)

andy666 (666062) | about 7 years ago | (#20394969)

Like many slashdotters, I've had my heart broken over and over, and it keeps regenerating. Like that Jody Foster thing....I was convinced she was serious, but I just couldn't get past security.

Re:Let forth...Pffaaa! (4, Funny)

WwWonka (545303) | about 7 years ago | (#20395517)

Like many slashdotters, I've had my heart broken over and over

...realizing once again that the 22 year old beautiful blonde girl with huge boobs on MySpace that just sent you a friend request is really your fat unemployed neighbor Ned?

Re:Let forth...Pffaaa! (5, Funny)

somersault (912633) | about 7 years ago | (#20395689)

Meh - as long as he has decent boobs too then it's okay

Re:Let forth... (1)

Feminist-Mom (816033) | about 7 years ago | (#20395019)

My husband has an organ that requires regeneration.

Re:Let forth... (1)

RuBLed (995686) | about 7 years ago | (#20395121)

He's going bald??

Re:Let forth... (1)

0.693 (989477) | about 7 years ago | (#20395195)

Nooo! Don't you get the subtlety here ? She means his EPIDERMIS! As in the kids joke "I can see your epidermis".

Re:Let forth... (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | about 7 years ago | (#20396433)

Epidermis, I learned a new word today :)
(dutchy here)

Re:Let forth... (1)

grolschie (610666) | about 7 years ago | (#20395591)

Hammond? :-)

Re:Let forth... (1)

blahlemon (638963) | more than 6 years ago | (#20396741)

His brain? His liver? How about the kidney's? I want to be a Time Lord, then I can have at least 24 hearts.

Re:Let forth... (1)

astrosmash (3561) | about 7 years ago | (#20396237)

Formerly known as the Hitler Heart.

Re:Let forth... (1)

charlieman (972526) | about 7 years ago | (#20396297)

Some small vibrating machine help her cure her broken heart?

Re:Let forth... (2, Informative)

Lord Pillage (815466) | more than 6 years ago | (#20397067)

See the original press release here [capitalhealth.ca] .

Melissa Dorothy (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20394871)

In other news, her old artificial heart is to be given to her closest friend [tinyurl.com] .

If you only had a brain . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395145)

If you only had a brain, you would know who her closest friend [kansasoz.com] was that needed a heart.

Is that you, Cowardly Lion? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395965)

Anonymous Coward, Cowardly Lion..striking resemblance. Regardless, you might ask the Wizard for some courage, so that you can put your thoughts with an user-id.

In the books, the origins of the character are rather gruesome. Originally an ordinary man by the name of Nick Chopper, the Tin Woodman used to make his living chopping down trees in the forests of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the East enchanted his axe to prevent him from marrying the girl that he loved. The enchanted axe chopped off his limbs, one by one. Each time he lost a limb, Nick Chopper replaced it with a prosthetic limb made of tin. Finally, nothing was left of him but tin. However, the tinsmith who helped him neglected to give him a heart. Once Nick Chopper was made entirely of tin, he was no longer able to love the girl he had fallen for.
I was just kidding about before..you're not the Lion. I've seen Anonymous Coward since I first came here. Are you new to /.?

In his first appearance, the Scarecrow reveals that he lacks a brain and desires above all else to have one. --Wikipedia
Coincidence? Of course I couldn't forget who you are..You, Scarecrow [wizardofozcostumes.com] , I shall miss most of all.

Re:Melissa Dorothy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20396079)

Time heals all wounds.

*casts curaga on self* (0, Redundant)

Macrosoft0 (1128625) | about 7 years ago | (#20394881)

we must welcome our soon-to-be organ regenerating overlords.

Sorry to piggyback your post (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20396097)

Better article [edmontonsun.com] with quotes and a picture of her and the Berlin Heart.

Sometimes... (5, Insightful)

Corpuscavernosa (996139) | about 7 years ago | (#20394903)

... all that can be said is "that's really fucking cool." Seriously. Good for her. No immunosuppressants. Hopefully a full recovery.

Re:Sometimes... (5, Insightful)

stox (131684) | about 7 years ago | (#20395029)

I'll second that. In addition, without a transplant, she stands a decent chance of living a long full life. Transplant patients don't last that long, on average.

Re:Sometimes... (4, Informative)

mgv (198488) | about 7 years ago | (#20396145)

I'll second that. In addition, without a transplant, she stands a decent chance of living a long full life. Transplant patients don't last that long, on average.


I think that you are being a bit harsh there.

Survival figures vary - overall in the USA the five-year survival [americanheart.org] rate is 71.2 percent for males and 66.9 percent for females. Its better than that in some units. This person's survival after a transplant would be alot higher than this as young people do better on average than older recipiants.

Over 2/3 alive at 5 years, and actually pretty similar at 10 years - bearing in mind that most of bad outcomes are in the first year, and that this is all causes of death, including deaths that were unrelated to the transplant.

The main bad thing about heart transplants is not getting enough hearts.

Having said this, you will see a significant number of people who do not require transplantation due to spontaneous recovery of function.

They still require two major operations - the VAD insertion and the VAD removal - so its not exactly a walk in the park.

And the VAD's such as this can have quite significant complications. The are good but not necessarily the only solution.

Michael

Re:Sometimes... (2)

DaffyDuck101 (247015) | more than 6 years ago | (#20396967)

Survival figures vary - overall in the USA the five-year survival rate is 71.2 percent for males and 66.9 percent for females. Its better than that in some units. This person's survival after a transplant would be alot higher than this as young people do better on average than older recipiants.

Over 2/3 alive at 5 years, and actually pretty similar at 10 years - bearing in mind that most of bad outcomes are in the first year, and that this is all causes of death, including deaths that were unrelated to the transplant.
Not quite.

Top 2 causes of death if you survive your transplant for 1 year (rejection being #1 in the 1st year):
  • Immunosupression-related neoplasms - nasty kinds of tumors
  • Transplant vasculopathy - progressive diffuse disease of the vessels in the transplanted heart

Both of them account for about 20% mortality each and odds of dying from them increase over time. If you were to read the annual ISHLT reports on transplant mortality [nih.gov] (subscription req'd) you'd see a strictly linear decrease in survival over the years. Expected 10-yrs survival for a 15-yr old patient is just above 50% (you can also check out (PPT) slide kits of this data on the ISHLT website [ishlt.org] . I'm afraid these data don't show much of a survival benefit for younger patients, either.

I know there was some initial enthusiasm in the 80s that transplant recipients were going to outlive their healthy peers but that's quite some time ago. The cynicists that are calling the procedure a pyrrhic victory over nature aren't joking.
 
So by all means, way to go for the girl

I want to know why she healed - what caused it (3, Interesting)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | about 7 years ago | (#20394913)

Did the invasive surgery trigger a healing response, or did she just need a boost until natural processes finished the job?

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20394953)

They didn't think out all of those details. It's all just a conspiracy.

"Doctors at the Stollery Children's hospital implanted the Berlin Heart, a portable mechanical device[...]"
Berlin. As in Germany. As in Nazi-Germany. Just when we were all focusing on the radical Islamic threat..
--
...Which is why I don't post at 1am normally.

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395571)

Don't be ridiculous. Why would Nazis want to replace the innocent heart of a young girl with a cold, steel mach.. OH MY GOD!!! WE'RE ALL DOOMED!!!!

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (5, Informative)

arivanov (12034) | about 7 years ago | (#20395033)

Her heart just needed a rest until it heals. There were a few cases here in the UK as well and implanting a parallel pump to assist is now considered a standard procedure in many cases where the transplant was the only option. Especially in kids and especially in cases where the heart has been damaged by inflammation. It is a safe bet really - if it heals good, if it does not the patient has a much better chance to survive until a suitable transplant is found. It is a pity that most pumps can take load only off some portions of the heart and not all of it (too much blood in the coffee subsystem to remember which).

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395551)

I'm sure these devices - LVADs (Left Ventricular Assist Devices) - have been used for at least 10 years. At least that's when I first studied them for my biomaterials degree. These things were novel because they use an impeller to pump the blood at a constant flow rather than try and replicate the pulsing action of a biological heart.

Not that it's not cool, just not very new

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (0, Redundant)

MadnessASAP (1052274) | about 7 years ago | (#20395561)

I beleive you meant not enough blood in your Coffee subsystem, It is important to maintain just the right amount to allow your brain to run at full capacity while still maintain a high level of caffeine.

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (1)

gomiam (587421) | about 7 years ago | (#20395747)

Let's kill the joke for good :-) "Too much blood in the coffee subsystem" implies too little coffee there.

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (2, Interesting)

Spokehedz (599285) | about 7 years ago | (#20396445)

There was a study where they replaced someone's heart with a pump--not one that simulated a heartbeat, but just a constant flow. And the paitent lived for years afterwards... with no pulse.

However, the mental issues with 'not having a pulse' were almost insurmountable. You are alive, yet you have no pulse. Also, you are used to a constant movement inside your chest--that was also hard to get adjusted too, if they did at all.

However, just as in this story the patient's heart just re-started itself. Happy ending after all.

A Proven Medical Technique (-1, Troll)

Nymz (905908) | about 7 years ago | (#20395037)

The Waiting List: choose the option that's right for you.
  • Wait and wait, until you die
  • Cross the border to an American hospital
  • Simply grow back your own heart at a faster pace than the Waiting List line

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (3, Interesting)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 7 years ago | (#20395273)

All I wonder is; now that her own heart is doing all the work again, will it be able to cope or is it going to relapse and start failing again in time?

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (1)

somersault (912633) | about 7 years ago | (#20395713)

well.. consider that your heart has to keep beating your whole life. Hers has had a nice little holiday, hopefully her heart will be able to cope after that. No, IANADoctor

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 7 years ago | (#20395779)

What I basically meant is; her heart got to a state where it needed to be replaced over roughly the first 14 years of her life (do we include life inside the mother's womb?). Why wouldn't it deteriorate to that state again after another 14 years?

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (1)

somersault (912633) | about 7 years ago | (#20395901)

Maybe she had a defect from birth that wasn't able to be repaired because the heart was in use, and now that it's had a chance to repair itself, she will be okay

Acute illness (1)

Andy Dodd (701) | about 7 years ago | (#20396255)

More likely, her heart was temporarily (and rapidly) damaged by some sort of illness that attacked her heart. (Weird virus, bacteria, maybe a toxin.) As long as THAT doesn't happen again she'll be fine.

Re:Acute illness (5, Informative)

eam (192101) | about 7 years ago | (#20396337)

Congratulations. You managed to guess the truth. It might have been easier to just read the article, but you managed to figure out what was going on anyway.

The second sentence in the article:

"Melissa Mills arrived at Edmonton's Stollery Children's Hospital last year after a sudden illness made her critically ill and a candidate for a heart transplant."

It wouldn't be slashdot if people didn't ask questions that were answered by the article ;-)

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (2, Interesting)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 7 years ago | (#20396353)

From what I can Google, the heart starts beating about 3-4 weeks after conception. So we should count most of the pregnancy as time that her heart was beating.

Re:I want to know why she healed - what caused it (2, Informative)

MMC Monster (602931) | about 7 years ago | (#20396409)

It's not that the heart "healed". What happens after a serious injury to the heart (whether a heart attack, viral infection, or anything else), is that the heart becomes weaker and tries to adapt. Things that physicians do to help the heart adapt in the right way (as opposed to the wrong way) include assist devices that will pump the blood forward. These include artificial hearts, left ventricular and biventricular assist devices, and intra-aortic balloon pumps. Other things that help people along are medications that help the heart rest and prevent the maladaptation that the heart will do on it's own if left to it's own means (the maladaptation is known as negative remodelling).

Given enough time, the heart may beat more effectively. I know a number of people whos hearts are pumping out less than 10 percent of the blood that enters it (normal is to pump out ~60 percent). Some of these people are crippled and await heart transplantation. A few, however, are out chasing the girls (and boys), and you wouldn't have any idea that they had a medical problem until you saw the number of medications that they take to stay well.

She isn't the only one... (5, Informative)

MacDork (560499) | about 7 years ago | (#20394915)

A 13 year old boy recovered [timesonline.co.uk] without a transplant with the help of one of these things as well.

Common occurence : apparentely 1 in 3 child recove (4, Informative)

aepervius (535155) | about 7 years ago | (#20395091)

Quote from the article you cited :

As one in three children recover from myocarditis on their own, the medics decided to wait and see if Jack's own heart could grow strong enough to work on its own without the need for a transplant.

Maybe (5, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | about 7 years ago | (#20394933)

Maybe her heart didn't regenerate. Maybe she just has two, because she's a klingon.

Re:Maybe (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20394979)

...or a timelord?

Re:Maybe (1)

khellendros1984 (792761) | about 7 years ago | (#20395101)

Pffft....so she was never in danger at all? I'm sure one so young couldn't be on her 12th regeneration already.

Re:Maybe (1)

wolverine1999 (126497) | about 7 years ago | (#20395115)

Precisely what I was thinking... :)

Regeneration isn't for just TimeLords any more it seems...

Yea.... So why the SPOF? (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | about 7 years ago | (#20396361)

Two lungs, two kidneys, a liver which regenerates given half a chance. Why no second pump. Seems like a design failure to me.
 

Re:Yea.... So why the SPOF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20396683)

SPOF - Single Pump Of Failure?

Re:Maybe (1)

king-manic (409855) | about 7 years ago | (#20395279)

Maybe her heart didn't regenerate. Maybe she just has two, because she's a klingon.

I didn't notice forehead ridges. Must be a Timelord then.

Re:Maybe (2, Funny)

bytesex (112972) | about 7 years ago | (#20395327)

Or Mathew Starr.

Re:Maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20396715)

Klingons don't have two hearts, they have a single one with eight chambers instead of four.

Praise Jesus! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395055)

Our God is indeed a God of Mircales and Wonders. The hand of the great Healer is clearly at work for this sweet girl.

Thank you, Jesus! Praise be to your precious name.

Praise be to science! (4, Funny)

typidemon (729497) | about 7 years ago | (#20395257)

Without whom this little girl would have died. Oh, congratulations to Jesus for getting around to saving the little girl's life.

I'd imagine that if more people had donated money to the church, Jesus would have been able to get to her sooner rather than later. Jesus loves us, but he needs money. So get off of your chair and donate some money now, so her little friend might be saved.

Re:Praise be to science! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395961)

Praise be to Eris, for proving that, no matter what the hell is up in the skies or not, the human body is one hell of a remarkable organ.

Now can we get off the spoof and wait for them to figure out why this happened?

Re:Praise be to science! (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | about 7 years ago | (#20395981)

You can love only one master: God or Money. You will love one and hate the other.

I wonder if this girl is related to the Cheerleader off Heroes?

Re:Praise be to science! (1)

zwarte piet (1023413) | more than 6 years ago | (#20396983)

Bullshit

Re:Praise Jesus! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395455)

Oh ya? Well I hear she drowned puppies! Where's your merciful god now huh?!

Re:Praise Jesus! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395505)

Praise Allah for similarly... oh, wait.

Re:Praise Jesus! (1)

BrainInAJar (584756) | about 7 years ago | (#20395575)

Left to the devices of God this girl would have died.

This was man's work, not God's.

Re:Praise Jesus! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20396349)

This is her cells work, not man's.

Re:Praise Jesus! (0, Redundant)

elementik (622741) | about 7 years ago | (#20396395)

lmao

Re:Praise Jesus! (3, Funny)

MMC Monster (602931) | about 7 years ago | (#20396491)

Let us give thanks to his noodly appendage.

What I want to know is.... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395063)

Why haven't we done the same thing in the USA? We've got the best medecine in the world!

Oh, wait, I forgot. It's because we don't have any hearts......

Even in this fucked up world (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395105)

It's nice to know that even in this fucked up world somethings can go right.

One step closer... (0, Offtopic)

doyoulikeworms (1094003) | about 7 years ago | (#20395149)

to real-life unreal tournament.

Re:One step closer... (1)

Solra Bizna (716281) | about 7 years ago | (#20395235)

Call me when somebody survives being ripped to bloody shreds by red-hot shards of metal and we can start talking real-life Unreal Tournament. :P

-:sigma.SB

Re:One step closer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395491)

From: BBC News [bbc.co.uk]


He lost both his legs as well as suffering a brain injury, fractures to his skull, cheekbone, nose, jaw, pelvis and vertebrae, as well as serious damage to his spleen and chest.
Granted the only way he's going to use the Z axis is rocket jumping.

is this that special? (2, Interesting)

Racemaniac (1099281) | about 7 years ago | (#20395155)

don't remember where, but i recently read that it's well known that the human heart is capable of some serious self healing, so i'm not that surprised by this.
did it heal beyond what they thought was possible/normal? or is it only under certain conditions that weren't met this time?

Re:is this that special? (4, Informative)

compro01 (777531) | about 7 years ago | (#20395255)

or is it only under certain conditions that weren't met this time?

presumablely her heart just needed a reduction in workload to allow it to heal, so they used this neat gadget to temporarily assist it until it was fully functional again.

Re:is this that special? (4, Informative)

myc (105406) | about 7 years ago | (#20395555)

actually, the human heart has very poor healing capacity. This is why ischemic heart disease eventually kills you; your damaged heart heals by scarring, which leads to decreased cardiac output and eventually apoptotic or necrotic cell death of cardiomyocytes.

IANAHRBMWI (I am not a heart researcher but my wife is)

Re:is this that special? (1)

Cougem (734635) | about 7 years ago | (#20396319)

Yeh, it's true. The real problem often with heart damage isn't so much the inability to pump that comes with scar tissue so much as the electrical defects. Yes, one can get a side of the heart becoming insufficient, which can result in congestive heart failure (which will cause a buildup of fluid (oedema) in the pulmonary (lung) or systemic circulation), but what very often happens after heart attacks are fibrilations, arrhythmias etc. The problem is the heart is perfectly structured so that the electrical impulses pump downwards from the top of aorta, pushing the blood into the ventricles below, and then up from the bottom of the ventricles. This co-ordination means all the heart muscle must conduct at the same speed - but when you're myocardium is damaged, it doesn't. It can conduct much more slowly, meaning that sometimes a patch of damage myocardium can be triggered from both ends so to speak, from the base of say a ventricle, and from a patch more towards the top, as inpulses rush past it and trigger contractions. If this impulse going the other way actually managed to make it back downwards, in the opposite direction, it can sometimes trigger another contraction from the base, restarting this rapid destructive cycle known as re-entry arrhythmias.

Hearts are great, and they respond very well to periods of chronic relative hypoxia (fairly low oxygen) by remodelling and adding new vessels, but if you totally cut off the blood supply (heart attack) and you get scar tissue (and you will), you're in real trouble.

Re:is this that special? (1)

Racemaniac (1099281) | about 7 years ago | (#20396325)

hmm, i think it was an article on this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6940085.stm [bbc.co.uk]
there are probably circumstances where the heart heals correctly, or forms scar tissue :)

I call BS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20396947)

This is Slashdot. I'll be you are a heart researcher and you don't have a wife.

House M.D. (5, Funny)

Antarius (542615) | about 7 years ago | (#20395203)

Gregory House, eat your heart out! Er, wait...

removal surgery (1)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | about 7 years ago | (#20395367)

good thing the removal surgery went well. It sure would have sucked if she died after all that!

re: FAGGERY DAGGERY DOO (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395373)

DOOOOO!

On the same note... (1)

yogurtforthesoul (1032362) | about 7 years ago | (#20395471)

I had a PFO [wikipedia.org] closure to stop severe headaches and of course future problems (like stroke).

PFO [wikipedia.org] remains in about 1/4 of the population (everyone has it as a baby). Mine was sealed by a non-invasive catheter device. It's basically a titanium mesh [amplatzer.com] of two discs connected together. They release one side of the disc in the exterior hole then move out and release the other connected side on the outer side (making sure it's a tight fit). My hole was about 1/2 an inch, which is on the large end.

The heart then grows tissue around the mesh and seals the hole. Of course you do still have the mesh in you (just don't go near anything that puts out 3 Tesla).

I wonder if they could develop a similar type of procedure for major problems. A mesh that can be molded and placed into the injured areas. Build a strong outer layer that the body can break down over time, and perhaps nutrients embedded in the mesh's core to allow the heart to regrow all affected tissue.

Re:On the same note... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395481)

That Wikipedia outfit is a fag encyclopedia -- a load of FAGGERY DAGGERY DOO boys!

I wish they had given my Rachel one... (5, Insightful)

RoboJ1M (992925) | about 7 years ago | (#20395501)

20th December 2006 and I'm watching my girlfriend Rachel die from sudden congestive heart failure.

I remember thinking, "Why isn't there a machine to pump the blood so her heart can rest?"

I hope this thing gets everywhere to save other people and their partners.

J1M.

Re:I wish they had given my Rachel one... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395529)

EEERNF!!!!

Re:I wish they had given my Rachel one... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395609)

Crash and burn.. no sympathy for you... nor for your beloved Rachel... (did you know that all Rachels burn in hell?)

Re:I wish they had given my Rachel one... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395649)

You're better off without her, dude..... Did you know she was screwing your best friend?

from the slashdot helpline

Re:I wish they had given my Rachel one... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395815)

What great spirit!

Re:I wish they had given my Rachel one... (5, Insightful)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | about 7 years ago | (#20396003)

My god some of these anonymous guys are mean.

I hope all of you never have to watch someone you know die, I really do.

No worries. (1)

geeknado (1117395) | more than 6 years ago | (#20396839)

Just give it a little time.

Re:I wish they had given my Rachel one... (3, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 6 years ago | (#20397017)

Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Fuckwad

That being said, I hope they all get ass cancer, and that their families, not wanting to have to experience watching someone die, abandon them to die alone.

Re:I wish they had given my Rachel one... (5, Interesting)

Lemming Mark (849014) | more than 6 years ago | (#20396895)

It's awful that you had to go through that experience. I can't even imagine how you must have felt, but you have my deepest sympathies. Please take no notice of the anonymous replies to your comment - they're really not even worth reading. Some idiots actually think they're being clever by displaying their ignorance.

I'm no doctor, but I guess this technology would not be suitable for use in all cases, and that some patients still require more conventional treatment by other means - but hopefully that will keep advancing too. It's amazing to see progress like this being made in medicine and I too hope that it can help many more people.

I extend my sincere condolences for your loss and my best wishes for you.

Sincerely,
Mark Williamson

May I be the one to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20395717)

Save the cheerleader, save the world!

Why remove? (1)

rvalles (649635) | about 7 years ago | (#20395969)

Why remove? It's never a bad thing to have a spare heart or two, for HA purposes. Just imagine if the main one fails!.

No Surprise. (1)

kahrytan (913147) | about 7 years ago | (#20396013)


  Don't you know, the heart has adult stems in it. Hell, most of the body has them. Body can regenerate itself. No surprise to me

Is her name...... (1)

heffrey (229704) | about 7 years ago | (#20396219)

Claire Bennett?

Re:Is her name...... (1)

DirkDaring (91233) | about 7 years ago | (#20396285)

Bravo! :)

extracorporal device (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20396271)

a decade ago this device was a big machine to be carried around on a trolley. But back then it showed that a heart could regain it's old strength and the device was used to help the heart by doing the work till then. I was a student of medicine at the Humboldt university of Berlin, Germany back then and I learned a lot about organs and their strength to recover. It's not the heart, other organs can regain their power as well. If the body survives their outage, which could be assisted with such machines.

cb

This is sports.... (1)

StickyWidget (741415) | about 7 years ago | (#20396289)

And its Kobe from center court, "Girl's Heart Regenerates" With Artificial Assist ~Sticky /Boooo!

hmm (1, Insightful)

slserpent (898476) | about 7 years ago | (#20396335)

i thought Canada was supposed to have bad healthcare. hmm...

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20396455)

yes, but we have a lot of heart...

SHIT? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20396449)

Share, 7his news Subscribers. Please

This kind of happened to my grandfather (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20396479)

My grandfather had heart bypass surgery because the existing pipes were all clogged up... including the EXTRA ones his body had grown as bypasses around the others. not bad for a 50 year old.
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