This is an amazing speech (on TED.com) on how this engineer designed a surgery and made his own medical device to implant into him to save his life. As you listen to what he is saying, so many people in the medical community thought he was crazy and wouldn’t get involved. Not only was the surgery a success, but the device/procedure (since then used on other people) also avoided many surgical complications such as taking an extra 4 hours to do the surgery over the normal procedure, having to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of his life and having to cool his entire body to do the (until then) accepted surgery.
Outside of these facts, I like how he gathered a team of smart people in his network and designed this device against all naysayers. Naysayers include much of the medical community that, even with 100% survival rate amongst 90 other people thus far using this device, still say it wont work. Naysayers include much of the large medical funding organizations that didnt want to accept or understand what he was trying to do.
Brilliant speech and impressive work.