Earlier this week, I watched as a young man no older than 40 was put on a bi-VAD today (a biventricular assist device). This is an external pump system. It was supposed to be a rare case, but as I watched it I could not help but feel a sense of pity.

He was young and had his entire life ahead him. He not only needed an external pump but also had other organ system failure. His heart deterioration was probably caused by viral cardiac myopathy.

I am amazed at how much life can change in such a short time, and it really makes me appreciate something I often don’t even think about, my health.

Yesterday, this same patient passed away, and as I helped the resident remove the external devices, I still could not believe that such a young man could suddenly pass away. It just doesn’t seem right.