As a second-generation professional logger, Robert is no stranger to using his strength to get the job done. So when a weak heart threatened to bring him down, he found the strength to fight back.
It all started with a heart attack and 8 stents placed in 1992. Then, in 1999, Robert underwent a triple bypass surgery and eventually received a pacemaker/cardioverter defibrillator implant in hopes of getting his heart healthy. But nothing seemed to work.
As his health continued to worsen, his kidneys and liver began to shut down. That’s when he turned to Drs. Steve Hutchins and John Ransom at the Baptist Health Transplant Institute for help. They recommended Robert receive a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to help with his worsening condition.
Thankfully, it was just the thing he needed, and Robert began to show improvement.
Before receiving the LVAD, Robert was confined to his home because it was just too tiring to take even a few steps outside. Now he can do yard work, feed his dogs, and most importantly, go deer hunting.
“I thought it was over for me, but with the LVAD, I’m alive and I have more energy,” says Robert. “I thank God that they came out with this device.”
Keep on enduring. Keep on believing. #KeepOnAmazing
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