Dutchman Recognized As Longest-Surviving Heart-Transplant Patient

Bert Jansen has lived with a donor heart for more than 39 years the 57-year-old Dutchman recently set a Guinness World Record as the world’s longest surviving transplant patient he says he is proof that living a long time with a heart transplant is possible I want to be an example for

People who need it and to give them hope Jansen was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy when he was 17 the disease makes it harder for the heart to pump blood around the body doctor the doctors gave me another 6 months so that was until Christmas at that time a heart

Transplant had never been carried out in the Netherlands jansen’s cardiologist referred the teenager to hairfield hospital in England in June 1984 Jansen underwent transplant surgery there after a heart became available following a tragic car crash in which two young adults died almost four decades later Jansen is married with two sons and and

A keen glider pilot life can still be beautiful it also has its beautiful sides one of the beautiful sides is that despite everything we have two healthy children they are 23 and 27 years old already so that is going well and we enjoy it even having a family is possible after a heart

Transplant the average life expectancy for heart patients after a transplant is 16 years that’s according to jansen’s current cardiologist Casper erlings while he is fit jansen’s heart medication causes side effects and in recent years he has had to slow down

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