A Bizarre Heart Transplant Surgery in Changchun City
On March 4, 2006, Changchun Evening News reported a story about a heart removal operation that happened within 31 miles of Changchun City. On February 27, 28-year-old Xie Baoshi from Zhejiang Province, accompanied by his younger brother, arrived at the Second Hospital of Jilin University in Changchun City by airplane. On the plane ride there, his life was maintained by an oxygen device. After being admitted into the hospital, he was diagnosed as having “terminal dilated cardiomyopathy” and the only treatment was to have a heart transplant. On February 28, the second day of Xie's hospital stay, the hospital “miraculously” found a matching heart and immediately decided to conduct a heart transplant.
The report didn't explain the source of the heart. It only said that at 10:00 a.m. February 28, the Department head of the Kidney Disease Department at the hospital took an ambulance to get to the donor who was 31 miles away. Within 10 minutes he had removed a heart from a man, put it in the protection reagent specially made for hearts, then rushed back to the hospital at a speed of 111 miles per hour. Three hours later, the heart from that man started to beat within Xie Baoshi's body.
The president of this hospital proudly claimed, “Our hospital has successfully conducted the first heart transplant in Changchun City, which is the first case of a heart transplant conducted by doctors from our own province.” One concerned reader from Changchun City pointed out that according to general medical knowledge, if 100 people who died in the world on that day were found, only one of these people's hearts would be a match. The reader wanted to know how they could drive to a place 31 miles away within one day and find a donated heart?