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Andrew Jones may look like your average fitness buff but he’s not. In fact if you feel his pulse you won’t register it. It’s because he doesn’t have a real heart. He plugs himself in to an outlet each night to recharge his LVAD (Left Ventricle Assist Device). But you wouldn’t think it to look at the guy. He’s built like a horse.
Andrew lives in Connecticut and has a very active life that would put most of us to shame. He doesn’t let his heart slow him down. He was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2012. It’s an illness that can cause irregular heart rate, shortness of breath and even cardiac arrest. After four months in intensive care he received his LVAD and walked out a new man. The device has a battery pack that allows blood to be regulated and pumped naturally through his body. It also has a computer that monitors blood flow. He jokes that he’s the best looking zombie that you’ll ever see. But he’s currently waiting for a transplant. He can’t lead a life plugged in to the wall forever.
According to the United Network For Organ Sharing, 120,000 people in the US are currently waiting for a transplant. 22 die each day waiting. A single donor can save up to 8 people, unfortunately not everyone gets their miracle on time.
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