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Pacemakers keep on ticking: Why not reuse them?

The Star Tribune, November 15, 2010

Almost two years ago, a 65-year-old Philippine woman showed up at a hospital in Manila after she fainted. Doctors said her heart was beating too slowly and she needed a pacemaker to coax it into a natural rhythm. Without one, she would probably die.

But the widow of modest means couldn't afford such a sophisticated piece of medical technology.

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