December 7, 2011

Becoming a cyborg

Just in case you thought an artificial heart was as good as the real thing, Peter Houghton tells the truth about what it does to a person as a person,  The Cold Reality of an Artificial Heart 

Houghton is the first permanent lifetime recipient of a Jarvik 2000 left ventricular-assist device. Seven years ago, it took over for the heart he was born with. Since then, he has walked long distances, traveled internationally and kept a daunting work schedule.

At the same time, he reports, he's become more "coldhearted" and "less sympathetic in some ways."

He doesn't feel like he can connect with those close to him. He wishes he could bond with his twin grandsons, for example. "They're 8, and I don't want to be bothered to have a reasonable relationship with them and I don't know why," he says.

He can only feel enough to regret that he doesn't feel enough.

It's a fascinating read.

Posted by Jill Fallon at December 7, 2011 11:03 AM | Permalink