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'Commando surgery' to the rescue

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'Commando surgery' to the rescue
Chris Scott

​​​​​​​​​Chris Scott had the worst infection and destruction of the heart that Dr. Chris Feindel had ever seen.

​A 10-hour operation saved Chris Scott's life after a massive infection destroyed his heart

It was the worst heart Dr. Chris Feindel had seen in his 30-year career, and if he didn't operate, Chris Scott was going to die.

"It was certainly the worst infection and destruction of the heart that I've ever seen," says Dr. Feindel, a cardiac surgeon at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) at Toronto General Hospital. To save Mr. Scott's life, Dr. Feindel would have to perform a surgery so rare that it's called the "UFO" or the "commando surgery." Dr. Feindel, Dr. Mitesh Badiwala and the surgical team would rebuild Mr. Scott's heart in a 10-hour surgery.

Mr. Scott was receiving dialysis for renal failure, when he developed a severe infection via his catheter.