LIFE CHANGES IN A HEART­BEAT

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - Regina Titelius

WHEN Ja­son Pearce woke up in hospi­tal af­ter get­ting a new heart, he asked for the loud, thump­ing dance mu­sic to be turned off.

But the noise wasn’t com­ing from the next ward, it was his heart pump­ing so strongly he could barely hear any­thing else. Mr Pearce, 43, of Yokine, is one of Perth’s lat­est heart re­cip­i­ents to get a sec­ond lease on life af­ter deal­ing with “moderately se­vere heart fail­ure” for 26 years.

When he was 17, doc­tors dis­cov­ered he had di­lated car­diomy­opa­thy, where the heart’s abil­ity to pump blood is de­creased be­cause of a weak­ened left ven­tri­cle.

Af­ter years of care­fully man­ag­ing his health, Mr Pearce be­came weaker last year as his heart de­te­ri­o­rated. A few months ago, a donor was found and he was pre­pared for surgery at Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal. “About a week af­ter the surgery, I was ly­ing in bed lis­ten­ing to the thump­ing of my heart and I started think­ing about the per­son and what they have given me,” he said. “I can only imag­ine what the fam­ily has gone through.”

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