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Meet the man who carries his heart in a bag

"I am delighted to be alive," says Andrew Jones, who has an artificial heart implanted and travels about with it in a backpack.

Strongman with his heart on his sleeve but no visible organs

On a run in 2012, Andrew suddenly found himself gasping for air and finally passed away from heart failure as a result. His terror was compounded by the fact that he began coughing up blood.

After being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, Andrew had surgery.

Strongman with his heart on his sleeve but no visible organs

It is known as cardiomyopathy when the heart muscle thickens or enlarges, or when it gets stiff. Cardiomyopathy is a medical condition that has a variety of symptoms and treatments.

Those who have this condition will have a heart that is less able to pump blood throughout the body and sustain a normal electric rhythm over time, resulting in cardiac failure and irregular heartbeats (also known as arrhythmias).

Compressed air is delivered by the machine into the heart's ventricles, allowing the blood to be circulated around the body.

When Andrew was diagnosed with the illness, he was hardly able to stand because of his exhaustion.

As a result, doctors advised him to seek out a heart transplant as soon as possible or risk losing his life.

Due to a lack of available donors, surgeons had to implant him with an artificial heart, which he now wears around his neck.

Instead of having a real heart, he has a machine that pumps blood throughout his body called an artificial heart.

The fact that Andrew has returned to the gym following his near-death experience doesn't stop him from occasionally breaking down in tears of joy afterward.

To put it another way, Andrew says of his cardiac condition, "I would never want to wish it upon my greatest enemy."

In other words, you are unable to accomplish anything because you are unable to do anything.

According to Andrew, fighting cancer is an emotionally and physically draining endeavour.

"Being diagnosed with this condition forced me into a cycle of sadness and physical discomfort. It was impossible for me to continue working since I couldn't stand for more than 10 minutes at a time."

And, as he explained, "I loathed having to travel up and down my stairs to get anything from the kitchen."

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