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Samson, the "real Bill" (left), the day after he was implanted with a Medtronic pacemaker at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Champaign-Urbana.

From left: Shayna Finley, Barret Bulmer (Surgeon) DVM, PhD, Samson, unidentified fourth-year DVM student, unidentified fourth-year DVM student.

Note: Holter monitor on Samson and improvised leash (no prong collars post surgery as the leads from the Medtronic pacemaker were inserted in the carotid artery).



This is an X Ray of Samson's heart after surgery. Testing the robustness of the newly designed prongs on the pacemaker leads were also part of the deal in which Medtronic donated a pacemaker for research.

The newly designed prongs worked fine
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Photograph of the external Medtronic pacemaker programming device (note paddle on right).

Such a device could, theoretically, be used to turn off a pacemaker implanted into a stage three arrhythmic patient.