- By Dana Sparks
External Drive: Charles’ Artificial Heart
In the world of medicine, miracles happen every day. People overcome serious illnesses that not long ago were considered incurable and untreatable. Charles Okeke [oh-KAY’-kay] is a good example of this. After his own heart failed, he became one of the first patients to have an artificial heart implanted at Mayo Clinic. [TRT 3:33]
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