Dyker Heights man talks about lifesaving medical procedure
A Dyker Heights man sat down with News 12 to talk about the lifesaving medical procedure that is giving him more time with his wife and children.
Henry Scarpati, 64, suffered a heart attack 10 years ago that resulted in him getting a couple of stents. Ten years after that, he began having chest pains and knew he was having another heart attack.
Scarpati was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center, where doctors used a special machine called ECMO -- which temporarily supports the functions of the heart and lungs until the body recovers -- to help save his life.
But Scarpati was still struggling, and his hope started to fade. Now, however, he's living a normal life, doing everyday tasks, because he has a lifesaving heart pump called LVAD, a permanent implant inside his body.
Doctors say Maimonides Medical Center is the only hospital in Brooklyn that performs the procedure.