Filming Science

Life on Credit

 Documentation ǀ 100 min ǀ Spiegel TV ǀ Production Cine Plus ǀ Director & Producer Oliver Päßler | Camera Jens Staeder | Editing Stephanie Kloss

Artificial heart systems are doctors’ answer to a serious problem: one of three patients with a heart disease dies, due to a shortage of donor hearts. Physicians try to solve this problem by bridging the period before a transplant with high-tech-pump-systems or a long-term replacement.

The documentary follows the fate of patients with the latest artificial heart systems and goes back to the very beginning of this fascinating medical technology. Special highlight: exceptional researchers like Willem Kolff und Michael DeBakey tell about their heart experiments. 

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