(WJAR) Manuel Bizarro went to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts last September for what he thought was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Instead, the 74-year-old man had a massive heart attack.
He was then transferred to nearby Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
"And despite all available conventional treatments, angioplasty, putting a special pump in his body, giving all kinds of medication, being on a ventilator, he was not getting better," said Dr. Iraklis Gerogiannis.
Bizarro was having one to two heart attacks a day for several days.
"And we were at the point that things were looking grim," Gerogiannis said.
Then a new device came to mind.
"I explained to him that this is something new. This is something cutting edge. And I thought this would give him a chance," Gerogiannis said.
It's called the Impella 5.0. It's an implantable catheter that replaces 100 percent of the heart's function.
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