LIFE CHANGES IN A HEARTBEAT
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.”