Heart surgeons at the UC San Diego’s Thorton Hospital found that their patient, Tyson Smith, was too weak for a full transplant – so attached the donor heart to Smith’s own, resulting in the film below in which the patients physiology resembles that of a Time Lord.
While not a wholly new procedure, this occurs very rarely, although appropriately in the case of Tyson Smith the operation took place on St Valentine’s Day 2011, and he seems to have reacted well to the treatment:
“I can tell that I am getting stronger every day.”
Dr Jack Copeland was the head surgeon that day.
“Mr Smith is a pioneer among heart transplant patients.
“This is a very rare procedure, but one worth having in the tool kit of options in cardiac replacement.Â Itâ€™s a safe operation with an average survival of 10 years.”
Interestingly, the surgery was caught on camera and has been released on YouTube. Be warned, however – this isn’t for the faint-hearted…