Friday, July 31, 2015

Nothing short of miraculous: heart transplant changes life 

Talking with Sam Fitts, 73 year old semi-retired pastor, is like talking to an old friend. From the moment Sam starts talking, you can tell from his voice he's lived a full life, and his story is beautiful.

Sam's story started with heart trouble in 1981. At the time, he was working for a major glass company. "I was delivering a small box of glass to a customer, and I remember feeling really weak. I had to slow down, " says Fitts. The next day, he took his son to a football camp at Samford University. He had to walk a long way up the stairs, and he had to stop several times. A friend of his insisted on taking him to the fire department, where they ran an EKG on Sam's heart. Sam had suffered a heart attack and was immediately taken to the hospital.

The next day, Sam had bypass surgery on his heart. From 1983-1987, he had two more heart attacks and subsequently two more bypass surgeries. In 1987, he had another heart attack at home. Sam was then taken to the cardiac critical care unit, where he suffered another heart attack.

At this point, the doctors told Sam and his wife, Iris, there was nothing left for them to patch his heart with and his only option was a heart transplant. Continue reading

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