One of my guilty pleasures has always been the song “Two Hearts” by Phil Collins (I know, I know, but it’s just so darn catchy). Now whenever I hear it, I’ll think of this video of a man who, after pioneering surgery, actually has two hearts beating in his chest.
Tyson Smith needed the bizarre procedure because his levels of pulmonary hypertension (a constriction of the blood vessels connected to and within the lungs making the heart struggle to pump blood through them) were so high, that a single heart just wasn’t capable of doing the work required.
Instead, doctors transplanted a second healthy heart in the right side of his chest which, by working in concert with his original heart, could pump blood at a high enough pressure to supply the lungs.
The operation, known as a heterotopic heart transplantation, should keep Tyson healthy for around 10 years before he’ll need further surgery, and will allow him to return to normal levels of activity within a few months.
Source : Gizmodo