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  • ROBERT: What were going to do is take her off of

  • the main power source and put her on to the batteries. If you were slow, and you couldn’t

  • do it, nothing serious is going to happen. It has a 15 minute reserve, and then it has

  • an extra five, I believe.

  • KRISTI: She is a battery-operated woman, but she is

  • first a woman. And I think that’s the important thing. We don’t want anybody to feel like

  • theyre a chronic patient. She’s got batteries to keep her going.

  • SUZANNE: She has two options for powerum, during

  • the day when she’s up walking around, having her life, shell be hooked up to batteries.

  • At night time, theyre on the mobile power unit, plugs into the wall and then she plugs

  • it with a 20-foot cable. This is exactly what comes out of her body. Metal piece here attaches

  • to her system controller. It’s the computer software that makes the pump work.

  • ROBERT: That’s where it’s coming out of.

  • SUZANNE: Weve had people travel the world with the

  • pump. Weve had people go on cruises, planes are pretty easy.

  • DR. MEHTA: What’s important in life is different for

  • different people. I might have a patient who wants to run a marathon who has bad heart

  • failure, and I may have a patient who just wants to be around for two more birthdays

  • for her grandson. Or I might have a father who wants to walk his daughter down the aisle

  • at her wedding. Each one of those are important,

  • equally importantbecause it’s what that person wants to do with the rest of their

  • life.

  • MARIA: If I didn’t have this, where would I be?

  • I wouldn’t be here. I’m just blessed to be given the chance to prolong my lifeyou

  • know, be around my grandkids, my family. I’m just blessed.

ROBERT: What were going to do is take her off of

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A Battery-Powered Heart: Living With an LVAD

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    Ting Huang   posted on 2016/05/17
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