UK patient with artificial heart gets birthday surprise

KENTUCKY | Emma Austin

When Lester Walters woke up Friday morning, he didn’t have big plans. A patient of nearly eight month at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Walters takes his life “one day at a time.”

Around noon on Friday, he took one of his daily walks around the floor to get some exercise with one of his doctors. His doctor already knew he could walk, though, so he wasn’t sure why she was with him. But when he rounded a corner, he was greeted by a crowd of friends and family shouting “surprise,” shaking tambourines and singing “Happy Birthday.”

Walters’ wife, B.J. Pittman, said he is hard to surprise, but Walters said he had no clue the hospital staff had been planning the party to celebrate his 60th birthday with pizza, balloons, music and presents. Continue reading


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