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‘We thought we’d pulled a dead person out of the water’: Woman recovers after Puget Sound rescue

This piece of Harborview Medical Center’s extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO machine, is a disposable part despite a $10,000 price tag. The machine acts as an artificial lung to oxygenate blood when the body cannot, and this is the piece that handles the blood. Photographed Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

Heart-lung machines are doing a new job at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, saving the lives of people with otherwise fatal injuries, like a woman who was pulled from Puget Sound and is thriving again. "I would definitely call it a miracle," says a Navy commander injured at Whidbey Island.

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