MEET ANDREW JAMES WHO USES ARTIFICIAL HEART & CARRIES IT WITH HIM IN HIS BACKPACK

MEET ANDREW JAMES WHO USES ARTIFICIAL HEART & CARRIES IT WITH HIM IN HIS BACKPACK


Andrew Jones is a 27 years old body builder who was suffering from heart failure, he was given a artificial heart hardware device which allow his heart to transport blood easily which he carries with him in a backpack around.


Jones does not have a self-functioning heart. To keep himself alive, he carries around with him at all times an artificial heart pump and pacemaker attached to a backpack, and has to plug himself into the wall outlet every night to charge the lifesaving hardware.

In 2012, he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease which affects the efficiency of the heart to pump blood. While waiting for a full heart transplant, he was given a device to help his heart pump blood around his body. This equipment is called a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), consisting of a battery pack and a computer, which power and control the technology assisting his heart. An LVAD is a portable device that allows patients to continue doing their normal activities while they await transplant.




Just like Larkin who had managed to continue playing basketball even with the 6-kg (13.5-pound) device strapped to his body, Jones continued working out in the gym after having the LVAD implanted.

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