Two hearts better than one for San Diego man

February 22, 2011 9:40:22 AM PST
A San Diego man is recovering from a rare surgery which has given him two beating hearts.

A donor heart was implanted to supplement Tyson Smith's own heart.

Smith was born with a progressive condition that enlarged his heart. It's nearly 4 times the size it should be.

Congestive heart failure coupled with high blood pressure made a traditional heart transplant impossible. A so-called "piggy-back" procedure was the option.

The donor heart was attached to Smith's weaker one.

The organs now work together, and Smith is expected to have a healthy, normal life.

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