X-ray showing Dual turbine-like blood pumps replacing explanted heart. On March 10, 2011, Drs. Bud Frazier and Billy Cohn implanted the 2 approved devices manufactured by Thoratec into 55-year-old Houstonian Craig A. Lewis. These devices were used in a last attempt to save his life.

Sure, it’s saved his life, and that’s pretty freakin’ cool that a pump could keep a person alive. But it begs the question: if you don’t have a heartbeat are you just a humanrobot? Will we head into an age where the elderly are eventually kept alive well into their hundreds on turbine ‘hearts’?

check out the whole story on NPR