The heart that beats

  • Kashvi Gupta Kasturba Medical College Mangalore
Keywords: Heart, Narrative medicine, Transplantation


An intern narrates her encounter with a 19 year old girl recently diagnosed with giant cell myocarditis and shortlisted for a heart transplant. Inspired by the young girl’s eagerness to live despite the looming difficulties inherent in the future of a transplant recipient, she reflects on her own life and comes to an understanding of why heart transplant surgery, despite making people dependent on life-long medication, also, more importantly, gives them another chance at life.


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Author Biography

Kashvi Gupta, Kasturba Medical College Mangalore
How to Cite
Gupta, K. (2017). The heart that beats. Research & Humanities in Medical Education, 4, 19-21. Retrieved from
Narrative Medicine