Craif Lewis, 55, was suffering from amyloidosis – a life-threatening disease that fills internal organs with a viscous protein that causes rapid heartbeat and kidney as well as liver failure. Even a pacemaker couldn’t help him when Dr Billy Cohn and Dr O.H. “Bud” Frazier, from Texas Heart Institute, came into his life.
Lewis had been given 12 hours to live, when Cohn and Frazier removed his heart and installed a ‘continuous flow device’ that let blood circulate.
The device had been tested on 70 calves. A day after the surgery , the calves were behaving the same as before despite no longer having a pulse. This device helped Lewis live for months (way longer than the 12 hours he was given), but then his kidneys and liver failed him and his family requested the doctors to unplug his device.
Lewis’ wife described her astonishment after her husband’s surgery, “I listened and it was a hum, which was amazing. He didn’t have a pulse.”