Hearts At Large: Hartford Hospital patient starts nonprofit while awaiting a new heart

FOX CT | Crystal Hall

HARTFORD — While awaiting a heart transplant at Hartford Hospital a young man started a nonprofit to raise awareness about organ donation.

It’s called Hearts at Large.

Andrew Jones, 25, who often goes by AJ, knows the importance of organ donation. He suffers from cardiomyopathy.

“The inner walls of my heart are swollen so it’s hard for the heart to compress and allow for sufficient blood flow,” he said.

He was diagnosed 3.5 years ago but in May his condition worsened as he went through heart failure. He was quickly admitted to Hartford Hospital and he’s been there ever since, awaiting a new heart. While he waits – he works. He started a nonprofit called Hearts at Large, through his story he hopes to encourage others to become an organ donor.

“It would be great one day for there to be no time to wait for an organ,” he said. “The moment someone needs a transplant they will be able to get it the next day.” Continue reading


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