Heart patient celebrates life 10 years after transplant
Phil Hall is celebrating 10 years of new life after a heart transplant.
He recently came back to the UMHS cardiovascular intensive care unit to celebrate the landmark with transplant surgeon Francis Pagani, MD, who led the teams that treated him, and to meet the nurses who took care of him during his 7-month stay.
Walking the halls also served as an extra-special occassion as following his surgery, Hall had to learn to walk again.
Now his message is simple.
“My message would be don’t give up,” said Hall, whose story was broadcast on WXYZ-Ch. 7 News in Detroit. “Keep fighting and believe in your doctors.”
In the spring of 2005, at age 42, Phil was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. Doctors tried several surgeries – including replacing an aortic valve and implanting a pacemaker, but nothing worked.
He came to the U-M via air transport, where he would become the first person in the state implanted with a total artificial heart. The artificial organ, powered by a huge companion device, gave him hope — and time — as he waited for a heart transplant.
If you'd like to help others waiting for a life-saving organ, please take part in the Be a Hero at the Big House blood and organ donor drive. The annual event will be hosted by Wolverines for Life on Oct. 30 at Michigan Stadium.