[KMSP-TV Fox 9, Feb. 11, 2014] Three years ago, Collette Koskinen was in a hospital bed, barely able to move. Her heart was giving out because of a virus. She was too sick for a transplant. To keep the single mom alive, doctors cut a hole in her heart muscle and installed a mechanical pump so her blood would still circulate.
As the pump worked to keep her alive, her heart became stronger. Doctors said Collette’s heart was strong enough that it should be able to work without the assistance of that little jet engine implanted in her chest.