Take an exclusive look at what happens when a heart becomes available to someone in need of a new one. The following video contains footage of actual medical procedures and is graphic in nature.
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Inside a Heart Transplant Operation Dr. Travis Stork: Well to give you idea of what happens once a heart becomes available, let’s a take a look, an exclusive look at an actual heart transplant. And it took place at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. Female1: Dianne, cross matches are perfect, everything. So I’m going to let everyone know we’re definite. Congratulations! Doctor: And we have to make the final decision about whether a particular heart is implant or not. Female2: We want our surgeon to go and look at the heart while it’s beating and calls us and saying yes we’re going to go ahead. Doctor: We’d like to have the new heart sewn in within four hours. Doctor Barry Daryl and this is at the donor hospital, assessing the strength of the new heart. Doctor Barry Daryl: Hey, Walt the heart’s good so head on in. Doctor: To check how big that heart is, it even made another day. The most stressful part of the surgical implantation is the heart going to work. Doctor Barry Daryl: Pretty good size. The heart’s beating, paced at 60. It looks good to me. The new heart went in very quickly and it’s beating right now very well. And we’re delighted that the heart is strong because I don’t know still how many more days he could have gone with the heart even of this weak. Female3: Thank you doctor! Doctor Barry Daryl: I appreciate your help.

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