Special Report: Life and death in the age of the bionic heart

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Geri Norris poses for a portrait holding the rechargeable batteries for her Heartmate II Left Ventricular Assist System at her home in Marlborough, Massachusetts September 21, 2010. The device, implanted inside the patient's chest and powered by external, rechargable batteries connected by a cable coming out of the patient's side, pumps blood through the circulatory system on a continuous basis, taking over most of the heart's work. REUTERS/Brian Snyder