Hi, Kimberly Walleston here, and welcome on in to Insiders Health TV, where we bring you the freshest happenings in the world of medicine, without the quack propaganda. Today we’ll be talking about a rare heart transplant that leaves a man with two hearts. As well as a Chinese man who had a knife removed from his head, after four years. As far as I’m concerned, I guess I’d rather have an extra heart than an extra knife in my body.
Some people have large hearts, some people have cold hearts, but a man in San Diego has two hearts after undergoing a rare surgery called a heterotopic heart transplant. Doctors actually attached a second heart to the right side of his chest, proving that even in human hearts, the more, the merrier. While the patient was facing death, a heart transplant would have just failed because his hypertension was so high that there would be resistance to any blood flow. However, pair it with another heart and the two actually split the work, keeping one lucky patient alive. I guess even after Valentine’s Day, you can get a few hearts that really mean the world to you.
In other news, doctors in China have removed a knife blade from a man’s head after four years. Li Fuyan was stabbed in the head during a robbery four years ago, and has suffered chronic headaches since. It wasn’t until four years later that medical researchers decided to see if it was more than just residual trauma, and found a large piece of blade still stuck in his skull. After hours of very careful surgery, Li was knife free for the first time since 2007. In fact, it even appears that there was no permanent damage done, and despite the wait he should make a full recovery, and it’s also gone to prove one of our strongest theories, if you get stabbed in the head with a knife, remove the whole knife.
That’s it for this edition of Insider’s Health TV, I’m your host Kimberly Walleston, and remember it’s your health, we’re just helping you think outside of the box.