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Electric Heart

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For many who suffered from advanced heart disease, hope rested on the availability of donor hearts. The supply of hearts were never able to keep up with the demand, and the future looked increasingly grim. The invention of the artificial heart brought new hope to these patients. In Electric Heart, three heart surgeons share the spotlight: Michael DeBakey, Robert Jarvik, and Denton Cooley. Their story is one of 30 years of research, failure, ego, ambition, and eventual success, and this film chronicles the steps leading to the first artificial heart.

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