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The story of an LVAD recipient

Donna Jackson was told she needed a heart transplant. Her initial reaction was to do nothing, but after entreaties from her great-granddaughter, she decided to have a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implanted at Stanford Hospital. This touching video, directed by Todd Holland, tells her story - and, for those who are unfamiliar, explains what an LVAD does.

Robert St. Laurent was the first successful human recipient of an LVAD, which was implanted in 1984 at Stanford by Philip Oyer, MD.

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