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Dr Billy Cohn and Dr Bud Frazier from the Texas Heart Institute installed first ‘continuous flow’ device last March
Patient Craig Lewis, 55, no longer has a pulse
Device first tested in calves
In March of last year, Craig Lewis, 55, was dying from a heart condition that caused build-ups of abnormal proteins, and not even a pacemaker could help save his life.
But two doctors from the Texas Heart Institute proposed a revolutionary new solution – install a ‘continuous flow’ device that would allow blood to circulate his body without a pulse.
Dr Billy Cohn and Dr Bud Frazier installed the device after removing Mr Lewis’ heart. Within a day, the patient was up and speaking with physicians.