“Heart Stop Beating” is a fascinating look at the lives of Drs. Billy Cohn and Bud Frazier and their successful implantation of a continuous flow, beatless, mechanical heart.
In March of 2011, two visionary doctors at the Texas Heart Institute replaced the heart of gravely ill patient, Craig Lewis with two turbines that continuously pumped proving human physiology could be supported without a pulse or a heart beat. Directed by Jeremiah Zagar, the documentary filmmaker behind 2008′s In a Dream, ‘Heart Stop Beating’ is his new short which screened at Sundance this week. Just over three minutes in length, the brief yet captivating story of Drs. Billy Cohn and Bud Frazier features glimpses of the operating room, candid interviews with both doctors, and insight into how the medical breakthrough was conceived. What we found most compelling is when Cohn said in regards to Lewis, “By all criteria that we conventionally use to analyze patients, [he's] dead.” Defying traditional metrics, this idea was so far out of the box, yet it was actually achieved.
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