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Omahan whose heart mended itself to be on Katie Couric's TV show

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Omahan Michael Crowe, whose heart mended itself after he was diagnosed with acute myocarditis, will join Katie Couric on her nationally syndicated talk show, "Katie," today to share his story.

The episode, about medical miracles, will air locally on KETV-Channel 7 at 2 p.m.

The World-Herald first wrote about Michael, a 23-year-old student who was diagnosed with an inflammation of his heart muscle, in September. His recovery was deemed "a miracle" by his doctors and family.

Soon after Michael was brought by his mother to the hospital emergency room and admitted to the intensive care unit for treatment, his heart's efficiency had dropped below 10 percent. Michael was immediately placed on a list for an emergency heart transplant and put in a medically induced coma so he could be hooked up to a heart-lung machine, which would keep his heart pumping in the meantime.

After nearly three weeks, a heart was found, but on the day of his transplant, tests revealed Michael had contracted a blood infection and would most likely not survive the transplant surgery.

One hour later, his doctors noticed something strange: Michael's blood pressure was starting to go up — an indication that his heart was working properly again. After more tests, doctors were shocked to find that his heart had healed itself.




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