Meet Chris in Addison

Updated:Sep 20,2012

KWH Chris P ILI had a heart condition called Restrictive Cardiomyopathy and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

One day I went in for a regular cardiac catheter. The results showed that it was three times as bad as when it started a year ago. When I woke up they told me what had happened and that the doctors said "You'll probably need a heart transplant".

I was very scared and worried about what would happen. I was only on the heart transplant list for 9 days before they found a heart. I remember when the doctor came in the room and said "You need to stop eating and drinking." I was confused, I thought a little, and then I realized that they had a heart. I was in total shock, and thought they were joking.

It was May 21st, one day before my grandpa's birthday. The last thing I remember is the anesthesiologist giving me medicine. I remember them taking the tube out, and nothing else for about two days. Only four days after my surgery I was walking, and one month after I was playing basket ball at the Ronald McDonald House. I was away from home for only nine weeks. Usually it would take 2-3 months to find a heart and then 4-6 months to heal and get back home.

Now I go swimming play, play basket ball, and just enjoy being home.

Chris is optimistic about his future, and the American Heart Association is grateful to our donors that we were able to fund research to help heart disease survivors like Chris live healthy and productive lives! Chris is a “Heart Hero” because of his amazing attitude about his own recovery- He is looking forward to leading a long and happy life!