What a heartless girl!

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What a heartless girl!

From the "toally cool medicine" file:


U.S. teen lives 118 days without heart

Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:55pm EST

By Jim Loney

MIAMI (Reuters) - An American teen-ager survived for nearly four months without a heart, kept alive by a custom-built artificial blood-pumping device, until she was able to have a heart transplant, doctors in Miami said on Wednesday.

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 Must have been a very boring 4 months for the poor girl, but what a payoff! This is almost as exciting as this story:


Europeans Announce Pioneering Surgery

Published: November 19, 2008


PARIS — Physicians at four European universities have successfully transplanted a human windpipe, using stem cells from the recipient’s own bone marrow to reline a donor trachea and prevent its rejection by her immune system, according to an article in the British medical journal The Lancet.

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I can hardly wait for this technology to mature. Then I can breath easily. Eye-wink Laughing out loud

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  I thought the partial

  I thought the partial face transplant upon the French woman who was mauled by her dog was pretty cool, too....

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And aren't we glad that the doctors who did these things didn't simply pray, but actually spent 15 years in med school, maybe more, so that things like this could happen.

I'll take a doctor over any  holy book of any label, any day.

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JillSwift wrote: I can

JillSwift wrote:


I can hardly wait for this technology to mature. Then I can breath easily. Eye-wink Laughing out loud


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I love science so

I love science so much....


I just need to live long enough to live forever....


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That_Guy wrote:I love

That_Guy wrote:

I love science so much....

I just need to live long enough to live forever....

That's easy enough to accomplish.

Don't die.

(Sorry, Jill. I couldn't think of a pun.)

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