Physicians in the Pediatric ICU Saved a Teenager's Life

Last New Year’s Eve, Kyle Tempesta was rushed to Yale's Pediatric ICU on the brink of cardiac arrest. He was born with a rare condition called LCHAD, which had caused his muscles and heart to weaken over time. 

Under the guidance of John Giuliano, MD, Tempesta was resuscitated over and over again, before being put on an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation device (ECMO). The machine acts as an artificial heart and lung.

It allowed Tempesta’s heart to rest while his geneticist, Michele Spencer-Manzon, MD, fought for access to an experimental drug that would ultimately repair his heart. This short documentary catches up with Tempesta six months later, as he prepares to leave rehab after an amazing recovery.

To learn more about the approach that saved Kyle, click here.