This man has been living with someone else's heart for 30 years

PLYMOUTH HERALD | C. Turner
This man has been living with someone else's heart for 30 years
Paul Hayman with The Herald article published when he was on the front page after his transplant

A man from Plymouth is celebrating 30 years since having a heart transplant – despite being told the organ would only last him a maximum of 10 years.

Paul Hayman says he takes each day as it comes and stays as relaxed as he possibly can – adding that his laid back nature could be one of the reasons his heart has continued to stay healthy.

Celebrating both his 50th birthday and the 30th anniversary of his transplant in December, Paul urges people to consider donating their organs – as without his new heart, he believes he would have been dead the same year he was rushed to Cambridge for the major operation in 1987.

It was after he collapsed at school in a badminton lesson at the age of 15 when Paul was referred for various tests, which discovered he had been struck down with a serious and rare heart condition which made the organ four times its normal size.

Paul appeared on the front page of The Herald in 1987 on the day he underwent an operation which he said "saved his life". Continue reading
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