Donating used pacemakers to the Third World? Why not keep them stateside, too?
Years ago, Dr. Melissa Walton-Shirley convinced an elderly patient to allow her to implant a pacer for profound brachycardia. The procedure was without incident. Days later, the patient died of a sudden massive GI bleed with seemingly no risk factors. Walton-Shirley mourned her death as any practitioner does when a much-beloved patient passes away. She also mourned the wasted monetary resources that Medicare had expended, with no payoff in patient years.
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