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Choosing life with a VAD (ventricular assist device)

Rain splattered, blurring my view of the Massachusetts state highway. The rental car’s wipers squeaked as they dragged across the windshield. Though I was briefly tempted to turn back, I kept driving. The man with the battery-operated heart had invited me to his home, and I didn’t want to be late.

I am a critical care doctor. Throughout the course of my training, I have learned how to manage a ventilator, how to treat sepsis, how to sort out the causes of renal failure. But what I didn’t learn is what comes after for those who do not die, whose lives are extended by days, months, or even years as a result of our cutting-edge treatments and invasive technologies, which is what led…

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 Choosing life with a VAD (ventricular assist device)

As I drove, I wondered what Van would tell me about what it had been like to learn that he wouldn’t get a new heart. Maybe he regretted the decision he had made to get the VAD, knowing now that he would never again be able to shower the way he liked, or to go fishing lest the machinery get wet. I wondered if he would be angry, resentful of his current reality.


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