Mechanical-heart patient comes to regret his life-saving choice

  1. Doctors agree that without his decision to be one of the first patients treated with an implantable artificial heart, James "Butch" Quinn would have almost certainly died. But now quality of life issues have Quinn wondering whether he made the right decision.

    Philadelphia Inquirer, July 15, 2002
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  3. by   CATHYW
    I think it is understandable that this gentleman feels as he does. People who have been through a lot, emotionally and physically, often state that they "wish the Lord would just call me home." (This gentleman did not say that) However, they have taken an informed, educated (insofar as possible) step to extend their life. Because it is experimental device, no one can accurately predict how it will work in each case. I have always been fascinated by a sentence that is in surgical permits: "medicine is not an exact science." No it isn't, not only because of the science, but because of the variables in each human.
    This man is performing an invaluable service for all of humanity. By adventuring into the world of an artificial heart, he is providing physicians and scientists with feedback relative to improving and fine-tuning the present device, or perhaps, the creation of a better one. I feel that all of the people who have participated in these trials are true heroes and adventurers. They are literally going where no one has gone before!