When A Stranger’s Heart Beats Inside You: A Heart Transplant Patient Gains Perspective After His Surgery

Up Voted | Michelle Woo

In Reddit’s Videos community, a redditor named Aaron details his own experience receiving a heart transplant a little over a year ago, and how that experience shaped him.

Aaron was 20 years old when he experienced end-stage heart failure and was rushed to a hospital in Utah, where doctors implanted a mechanical pump called a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) into his chest.

He shares the journey that came after with Upvoted.

After 9 months of waiting with his LVAD, Aaron got the call. A heart was waiting for him

I remember getting the call, I was so excited and scared at the same time. There was no turning back and the only path forward could decide whether I live another day or die.

You get to the hospital, everyone is so happy and excited for you, the day is unreal. Everything looks brighter and it feels like time is going in slow motion. You have no care in the world because you know that whatever happens next will happen and you can’t do anything about it. There’s still several hours left before your heart is verified to make sure it has no defects so you have enough time to call, text, and email friends. You even have enough time to have a conversation with people on Facebook wishing you well. Continue reading