TIL the world’s first implantable pacemaker patient, Arne Larsson, went on to receive 26 different pacemakers during his lifetime. He died in 2001, at the age of 86, outliving the inventor as well as the surgeon.

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In case anyone is curious about their ages and birthdates: * Patient: Arne Larsson (1915–2001, died age 86) * Inventor: Rune Elmqvist (1906–1996, died age 90) * Surgeon: Åke Senning (1915–2000, died age 84) All three of them died at an advanced age.


Everytime I’ve had surgery my surgeon has been far older than me. I assume I’d outlive everyone of them as well


It makes sense that he would live a long time. The man was health-conscious enough to try an experimental treatment for something that doesn’t immediately kill you and had few enough confounding variables to be a candidate for said treatment.


Impressive! It wasn’t even his heart that finally gave out, he died of melanoma.


I know this is off topic but everytime I think of pacemakers it reminds me of an old episode of forensics files where a kid strangled his dad to death, pacemaker brought the dad back to life. Kid killed him again, and again the pacemaker brought him back. Pretty sure he killed his dad three times before it worked.