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A Series by David Grubin


Lesson Plan: ENDLESSLY BEATING


Video Clip for TOUGH CHOICES


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This segment of Endlessly Beating introduces Beth Bradley, an otherwise healthy woman who is on a heart transplant waiting list after suffering a heart attack. She is currently surviving due to an externally powered pump. Beth is one of more than 97,000 people waiting for an organ .

Discussion Questions:
  • Who is Beth Bradley and why does she need a heart transplant?

  • Describe the way the heart works to distribute blood throughout the body.

  • What happened to Beth's heart and how does it affect the functioning of her heart?

  • What is a VAD? What types of VAD's exist? What was the original function of the VAD? What do doctors hope to accomplish with new technological advances to VAD's?

  • What are some of the pros and cons of living with a VAD?

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Funding is provided by Medtronic, AstraZeneca, and Mars, Incorporated - makers of CocoaVia. Additional funding is provided by the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation. A co-production of David Grubin Productions, Thirteen/WNET New York and WETA Washington, D.C.
Medtronic AsrtaZeneca MARS Thirteen/WNET NEW YORK