Man Who Suffered Heart Failure Returns To Bodybuilding Training With His Heart In A Backpack

Madlan Davies has written the most unbelievable article for the Mail Online about an exceptionally fit bodybuilder who suffered heart failure and was so weak he couldn’t even stand up. He thought he’d never train again. But now he can with his heart in a backpack!

Andrew Jones was a super-fit 26-year-old bodybuilder. Not the type of person anyone thought would suffer heart failure. But that’s exactly what happened to Andrew. He was on a run when he suddenly became breathless and started coughing up blood. He was rushed to the hospital immediately. There doctors discovered that he had cardiomyopathy, which is a disease that affects a person’s heart muscles.

Andrew was told that he needed a heart transplant urgently, or he would die. As there were no organs available, doctors were able to give him an artificial heart that he carries around in a backpack. Now Andrew can train again, with his new heart in his backpack. He said that he cries after workouts as he feels so ‘thankful to be alive’.

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Andrew Jones, 26, began feeling breathless and coughing up blood and was horrified to be diagnosed with heart failure due to a hereditary condition. He was fitted with an artificial heart and has now recovered (right)

Mr Jones recalls the sufferings from his heart failure:

“It’s something I would never want to wish upon my worst enemy.”

“You can’t breathe, you can’t think, you don’t eat and you don’t sleep.”

“Living with this disease put me in a pattern with depression and physical pain.”

“I had to stop working because I wouldn’t be able to stand for more than 10 minutes.”

“I dreaded going to the kitchen because that meant that I had to go up and down my stairs.”

“I couldn’t even get dressed without panting and gasping for air – my life was falling apart and I just wanted relief.”

He first started experiencing symptoms in 2012 when he became breathless on a run. Two years later he was coughing up blood and was rushed to hospital, where doctors said he needed a transplant or he would die
He first started experiencing symptoms in 2012 when he became breathless on a run. Two years later he was coughing up blood and was rushed to hospital, where doctors said he needed a transplant or he would die

However, it did not stop him getting back on his feet:

“I will never forget the day I had to throw in the towel until I started feeling better.”

“I tried my hardest to push through the shortness of breath, but I just could not train without my heart functioning properly.”

“Today, thanks to my medical devices, I feel like a new person.”

“I am almost back to the old Andrew that was able to train with passion and intensity.”

“I do everything I can without compromising my health and the security of my devices.”

Thankful for being alive, Andrew is also happy for still being able to train:

“I always loved working out and staying in shape, but I never actually took the time to be thankful to even have the ability to do so.”

“Now I end my workouts almost in tears because I am still alive and I feel amazing.”

Despite having an artificial heart, Mr Jones is able He said: 'Today, thanks to my medical devices, I feel like a new person. I am almost back to the old Andrew that was able to train with passion and intensity'
Despite having an artificial heart, Mr Jones is able He said: ‘Today, thanks to my medical devices, I feel like a new person. I am almost back to the old Andrew that was able to train with passion and intensity’

Although most people hide their scars, he wears his with great pride and even explains the backpack he carries everyday:

“I work in retail part-time and customers ask me all the time why I wear my backpack.”

“When I tell them what it is for the response is somewhere along the lines of shock.”

“They think I am pulling their leg, or seem surprised because I look healthy.”

Mr Jones' artificial heart has two tubes that exit the body and are connected to a machine he carries around in a bag. Now, after each gym session he cries with joy as he is so grateful to be alive and working out
Mr Jones’ artificial heart has two tubes that exit the body and are connected to a machine he carries around in a bag. Now, after each gym session he cries with joy as he is so grateful to be alive and working out

He adds:

“I’m never afraid to go out in public or take off my shirt in front of other people.”

“I do try to be considerate because it is different and some people may feel uncomfortable.”

“But I have no problem explaining what my device is, how it works and why I need it.”

During his 4-month stay in the hospital, Mr Jones was always reminded of how serious his circumstances were, which inspired him to launch his own charity:

“Despite this I couldn’t shake the thought of the people who aren’t healthy enough to even be considered for a transplant, or the people who don’t have access to good health care.”

“That is what I want to change with Hearts at Large. We can advance our already incredible technology to save lives.”

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