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Special Assignment (Pacemakers) #105340

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 13, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Seattle, WA: Karen Burnes) Growing controversy over unnecessary implants of pacemakers as well as impact on recipients of defective pacemakers examined; details given, scenes shown. Experiences of Enid Bomart and Jackie Fisher detailed as exs. [Judy KIOLBASA - describes impact on her of defective device.] [Dr. Brendan PHIBBS - explains sources of problems.] Senator investigation's findings outlined on screen. [Senator John HEINZ - blames crooked doctors, greedy mfrs. and government indifference.] Econ. impact of defective pacemakers on Kiolbasa and husband described. [KIOLBASA - notes psychological strain as well.] Kiolabasa's current problems from defective pacemaker and discovery that she never needed one at all noted. [KIOLBASA - notes doctors now feel her health problems were pre- menopausal symptoms.] Profits involved in pacemaker industry outlined. [HEINZ - feels combination of physician ignorance and salesmen's greed is life threatening.] [Dr. Michael BILITCH - notes usual course of procedure.] [KIOLBASA - comments.]

Burnes, Karen;
Jennings, Peter

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