Friday, January 20, 2012

Man With Two Hearts Survives Double Heart Attack | Yahoo! News

Doctors managed to save the life of a 71-year-old man with two hearts who suffered dueling heart attacks. "We haven't ever seen anything similar to this case before," Dr. Giacomo Mugnai said in an interview with MSNBC.

At first, doctors thought they had a typical case of cardiac arrest until they examined the patient more closely and noticed his unusual medical condition. It turns out that the man actually wasn't born with two hearts. His second heart arrived after an earlier medical procedure on his original heart.

The procedure, a heterotopic transplant, is done to pair a new, healthy organ with a diseased one.

So not only does this man have two hearts, but he survived a double heart attack. Mutant putting all of us with 1 heart to shame...

In all seriousness though, thank God he survived, and in some outrageous way, thank God he had the heart attacks in the first place. I'd be interested to know the ratio of people with multiple hearts, surely he's not the first and only?

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