May 24, 2015 |
Joseph Beinlich's skin is pale. At 57, he walks about as fast as someone two decades older. He is OK with that, given the alternative. "I'd rather be living than kicking up daisies," said Beinlich, of Philadelphia's Olney neighborhood. Beinlich is being kept alive by an artificial heart. Temple University Hospital surgeons removed his own, badly diseased organ in August and replaced it with the 5.6-ounce plastic device. More than 1,000 other patients have gotten the implants since the Food and Drug Administration approved them in 2004.
March 19, 2010 |
Repo Men, a cyber-noir with a blunt satiric edge, blunter surgical instruments, and stomach-churning surgical procedures, imagines a future where consumers buy human organs on the installment plan. What happens if, say, you are 90 days late on a payment? As our hero, Remy (Jude Law), explains it: "Can't pay for your house? The bank takes it. Can't pay for your car? The bank takes it. Can't pay for your liver? Well, that's where I come in. " Armed with stun gun and scalpel, Remy can jack a human organ quicker than a robber can your car radio.
March 23, 2007 |
Looking back, Gary Onufer realizes he had symptoms. The 46-year-old insurance agent was constantly exhausted. His wife, Joan, noticed that he was losing weight. He was skipping more of his daily workouts. Even so, in the Ambler couple's wildest nightmares they could not have imagined that between Thanksgiving and the start of the New Year, his heart would steadily, inexplicably, almost completely fail, leaving him in dire need of a new one. It would be insensitive to call someone who has been through Onufer's harrowing ordeal lucky.
June 14, 2003 |
The widow of the artificial-heart recipient who died last year in Philadelphia has reached a settlement in a lawsuit she filed against the maker of the device, the hospital where it was implanted, and the patient advocate who helped her and her husband, James Quinn, decide to have the surgery. The lawsuit argued that the informed-consent process used in the clinical trial was flawed, and it alleged fraud, negligence, and "patient advocate malpractice. " A petition filed this week in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court by Irene Quinn's lawyer, Alan Milstein, said she had agreed to a settlement of $125,000 from all of the defendants.
March 5, 2003 |
Lawyers for a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the widow of the man who received an artificial heart have withdrawn their request for documents compiled by a medical anthropologist who was studying the case. The anthropologist, Sheldon Zink, who is also director of transplant policy and ethics at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics, was fighting the subpoenas, arguing that providing the information would violate her professional code of ethics and make it more difficult for researchers to conduct future studies.
March 3, 2003 |
Sheldon Zink, a medical anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania, spent more than 18 months observing an artificial heart experiment at Hahnemann University Hospital. For the last two months of patient James Quinn's life, she switched roles and became his advocate at the hospital. Now that Quinn has died and his widow has sued the hospital, the maker of the mechanical heart, and Quinn's original advocate, Zink is in the uncomfortable position of being a coveted witness.
October 22, 2002
I read with dismay the story of Irene Quinn in The Inquirer ("Widow of artificial heart recipient files suit," Oct. 17). If patients are allowed to sue for clinical trials which they consider faulty, the only possible result is less effective treatments for disease. Mrs. Quinn's assertion of "intentional assault and battery" is ridiculous. I speak from experience. I am a cancer patient at 43. While I empathize with the Quinns' former plight, it was their choice to try to extend life at all costs.
October 21, 2002
Research is research - not treatment I am bewildered by the logic of the statement by Drexel University College of Medicine that if physicians are being sued the way they now are, health-care organizations will find it difficult to participate in "cutting-edge care to critically ill patients like Mr. Quinn," ("Widow of artificial heart recipient files suit," Oct. 17). This statement is flawed and misleading. It is flawed because it assumes that James Quinn was being treated for his heart condition.
October 17, 2002 |
The widow of artificial-heart recipient James Quinn yesterday sued the maker of the device, the hospital where it was implanted, and the patient advocate who helped Quinn decide to have the surgery. The suit contends the informed-consent process was flawed and alleges fraud, negligence, and "intentional assault and battery. " Quinn, who was 51 when he received the heart Nov. 5, came to regret his decision after an initially remarkable recovery was followed by months in the hospital.