OMAHA (KPTM) - Cecil Carroll was just on his way to the doctor when he started to have a heart attack. Carroll was in the doctor's care quickly, but was struggling to stay alive.
That is when doctors decided to try a new procedure called percutaneous RVAD. This new procedure allows doctors to bypass open heart surgery. The doctors at Nebraska Medical Center installed a pump into Carroll's veins instead.
"Kept me alive, Dr. O'Leary told me that if I Hadn't been at the hospital when it happened I wouldn't be there today," Carroll said.
Carroll was only in the hospital for three days. Doctors tell Fox 42 this is normal for this new procedure.
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