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Incredible moment a man woke up from surgery and heard his new HEART for the first time


John Cavalieri, 41, suffered an electric shock at work which left him with a devastating diagnosis of heart failure. He had climbed onto swing scaffolding on the exterior of a building and grabbed a damp tarp attached to the structure when the incident happened. John became the grounding point between the building and the metal scaffolding and suffered an electric shock. In October 2019, five months after the incident, John was officially diagnosed with heart failure and remained stable for a few years. In June this year, John’s heart crashed in and he was sent to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, where he was placed on Milrinone – a medication that increases cardiac output. Two months later, he suffered another crash. After an unsuccessful couple of days of using a small heart pump (Impella) to maintain his blood flow and even being placed on life support (ECMO), John finally received a new heart. John’s road to recovery has been slow but John’s wife says he’s on the right path. He said: “I can’t describe how it felt to walk out those doors today. “From this day forward, I’ll never take life for granted. Please make sure to hug and kiss your loved ones a little tighter each day. “From the bottom of my new heart, thank you to my Donor for giving me a second chance at life. I am forever grateful.

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