Sometime in the future….

Fred knew there was trouble when he was shown not to an examining room, but to his Cardiologist’s private office. In a few moments the doctor walked in.

“Lean back, Fred,” the doctor said, pulling out his pocket sized Echocardiogram reader. After a few moments, the doctor read the results as he sat down on the edge of the desk.

“You know what’s going on here so I won’t sugarcoat it, Fred. Your heart has taken you a lot further than anyone ever thought it would, but it can’t take the stress anymore. We have to do something soon.”

Fred sighed. He had a feeling that he wouldn’t like the news that he would receive today. “Am I a candidate for a transplant, Doc?”

The doctor shook his head. “We rarely do transplants anymore. Tomorrow I’m going to take a sample of your heart tissue for gene matching and then give you an injection that will regenerate your heart muscle. We have to sedate you for that, and you’ll be too groggy to drive. So get your girlfriend to come in with you.”

“Hopefully the gene matching will show us a therapy that can work. If it doesn’t, we still have options. We can give you a new Aortic valve without surgery. I can extract more heart tissue and we can use it to build you a new ventricle from scratch. We can replace that damaged artery. And if worse comes to worse, we can try an artificial heart until we figure out what’s next. You’re going to dance at your child’s wedding!”

“Doc, I haven’t even asked Anne to marry me yet!” Fred sputtered.


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3 Responses to “Progress”

  1. Kelly Says:

    May your words be prophetic Steve. Keep writing, you have a gift.
    See you in D.C.

  2. David Granovsky Says:

    Hi Steve-
    I saw your post and wanted to share some info with you. I recently launched a blog on stem cells and I have been involved in researching Adult (Repair) Stem Cell treatment centers around the world for a number of years.

    Did you know…

    1 Bangkok Heart Hospital – Thailand –

    2 Dr. Roberto Fernandez Vina – El Salvador –

    3 Regenocyte – Dominican Republic –

    This info was found here on RSCI’s site:

    Stop by my blog and maybe you even want to be a guest writer, sharing your experience with trying to find worthwhile treatments for heart disease.
    All the best-

  3. Told ya so! « Adventures of a Funky Heart! Says:

    […] ya so! By Steve Do you remember this post? To refresh your memory, at some future date a doctor tells his patient that his heart is wearing […]

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