The engineer who fixed his own heart
Imagine yourself in the place of a cardiac surgeon. At the beginning of an average day, you start seeing patients. You open the medical record and see a typical case for Marfan's syndrome - the patient needs to replace the aorta due to its expansion. You invite the patient to discuss the details of the operation. Your patient, Tal Golesworthy, walks in holding what looks like a piece from a plumbing kit. Then he asks to implant this thing, which he invented himself, right into his heart.
What are your thoughts? Is he crazy? Or too desperate? How can you trust heart surgery to the patient's invention?
Tal Golesworthy is an engineer with Marfan syndrome
No, an engineer decided to solve problems with his genetic disease himself. Tal Golesworthy is an engineer with Marfan syndrome. This syndrome is a multi-systemic genetic disorder affecting the connective tissues, particularly the aorta. As a result of this syndrome, the aorta expands and loses its ability to withstand high blood pressure leading to a high risk of an aneurysm. An aneurysm is a ticking time bomb. It can explode at any minute, and there is a high probability of a fatal outcome. A person living with her understands the danger but does not know when this danger can come.
He had to choose the lesser of two evils
Tal Golesworthy understood this danger more than anyone because his father also had this disease. So he understood where this would lead and what would happen at the end of the story.
Of course, there is a surgical solution to the problem. For treatment, it is necessary to replace the aorta with a length of stiff tubing made of polyester Dacron and the natural valves with mechanical ones. However, this is not an ideal solution to the problem. The drawback is that mechanical valves are apt to generate blood clots. As a result, you have two choices: solve problems surgically but live life on anticoagulants or refuse surgery but wait for the aneurysm to rupture. He had to choose the lesser of two evils.
Instead of choosing one of the treatment methods, he envisaged something more sophisticated
Creating a prosthesis is one thing, but launching it into production and installing it in your heart is a task of a completely different level. Moreover, any scientist knows how critical the medical community is to each invention because each new solution directly impacts human life. So how could an engineer without a medical background start production of cariad protest?
Remember the path of Tal Golesworthy
If you are building a startup, have an illness, or have any difficulty, always remember the path of Tal Golesworthy, the engineer who repairs his own heart. He could not have started all this way with creating a prosthesis for the heart, choosing simply from the two proposed treatment options. He might have given up when the medical community rejected his invention. He could give up when he raised investors for a company with only one client. He could have given up before reaching treatment when he witnessed his father developing the same disease. He could doubt the transplantation of a prosthesis created by himself in his heart, not having passed years of clinical trials.
But Tal Golesworthy did it; he not only saved himself but also gave hope to a thousand people with Marfan syndrome and also the faith of an innovator in his endeavors.
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