Berlin Heart – Bridge to Transplant

  The Berlin Heart is a ventricular assist device which is used on patients whose heart pumping action has become insufficient to sustain proper circulation.  It is referred to as an “extra-corporeal” device because the pumping mechanism is outside the...

Point of No Return – Heart Switching

This is the moment of truth in a heart transplant. On the left, Surgical Tech Dave Bartoo, who had been part of the organ harvest team, wheels the cooler carrying the donor heart toward the OR.  On the right,  a nurse wheels the Berlin Heart, the mechanical device...