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March 4, 1954, Toronto

The other side

O'Hara has the rare medical condition dextrocardia with situs inversus, in which the heart sits on the right side of the thorax, not the left, and the organs of the chest and abdomen are arranged in a mirror image of the normal positioning. It generally has no health implications - unless, God forbid, someone with the condition needs a defibrillator or an organ transplant. In literature, the Ian Fleming villain Dr. Julius No explains that he once survived an assassination attempt because his heart is on the wrong - that is, right - side.

What's next?

O'Hara stars in Temple Grandin , a biopic of the autistic professor and consultant to the livestock industry.

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