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An LVAD Saved My Life - Richard's Story

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Posted 4/13/2014

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Richard Duryea thought he had the flu. It turned out his heart was failing. "I was on my way out," said Richard. "I was gray, no circulation, no oxygen, I could hardly walk. But once I had the LVAD put in everything changed." "If I wouldn't have gotten the LVAD, I wouldn't have survived a year," recalled Richard. "But the hospital was just phenomenal. I got my heart June 26th and it was the best day of my life." Richard's LVAD got him healthy enough for a transplant. "I'm one of the luckiest guys, because I was knocking on the door," said Richard. "I didn't go through and that LVAD was what kept me alive long enough to get that heart. To learn more about the LVAD or heart transplantation, call 1-800-922-0000 or visit www.NebraskaMed.com/heart.