An x-ray of the author’s chest, with the text “Body on the Grid” juxtaposed over the image.
An X-ray of the author’s chest. All photos courtesy of the author.

‘Like Being Grilled Alive’: The Fear of Living With a Hackable Heart

A device connected to my heart could save my life. It could also be hacked.

“The pain was overwhelming, like being grilled alive.”
“The pain was overwhelming, like being grilled alive.”
“We’ve yet to find a device that we’ve looked at that we haven’t been able to hack.”
Two photos side-by-side: The author; The author’s previous cardiac devices.
The author (left); the author’s previous cardiac devices.
“At first, my fear of the device infected every moment of the day.”
The author’s remote monitor.
“The longer it sits inside my body without having saved my life, the more I think about the device’s ability to end it.”
“The longer it sits inside my body without having saved my life, the more I think about the device’s ability to end it.”

Writer & Filmmaker jamesonrich.com

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