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Published by: revolutionstudio1011 on Mar 25, 2012
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ALANI don't know. He had a baseball game. All of a sudden he...Collapsed playing baseball.He was running. Next thing we know he keels over.DR. KLEINAnything like this ever happen before?ALANNever. Never.He's going to be alright, isn't he?DR. KLEINWe'd like this top number to stay above ninety, but between eighty-five andninety is acceptable for now. Anything less than eighty is dangerous. If hisblood pressure drops, we're going to have to do something. We can't have himgoing below seventy again.ALANWhat would that mean?
DR. KLEINSeventy and below, he's in heart failure. This X-ray is that of a normal, nine year old heart. This one is your son's.ALAN Q. stares nervously at the fleshy fist-sized organs on the translucentglass.DR. KLEIN There are septal defects here, here, and here, which have induced a myopathyresulting pulmonary edema, and malignant ventricular ectopy. As you can see,Mike's heart is approximately three times normal size.He points to Mike's heart, huge in comparison.ALANI'm sorry. Could you pout that in layman's terms?DR. KLEIN
Of course. Basically, there's not enough blood being pumped by the heart, so itbacks up in the lungs. Sort of like a sponge getting wet. Mike's heart is trying,but I'm afraid it's working too hard.ALANSo what's he need? An operation? Turner gathers himself, takes off his glasses.DR. KLEINI'm afraid we're considerably beyond the point of corrective surgery. He isgoing to need a transplant. The room goes silent.ALANHe's nine, are There are other options.

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