St. Paul’s doctors implant new way to restart heart
Doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital needed to be sure Mike McLellan’s new, state-of-the-art defibrillator implant would work. So to test it, they stopped his heart.
The 44-year-old Squamish man’s heart was jolted back to life – and he became the first patient in B.C. to have the next-generation technology that can restart a heart without even touching it.
“Technically I lost about 15 seconds, where they killed me. I flat-lined, and bam! They reset it to make sure it works,” recalled McLellan.
Jon Woodward reports.
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