Former Semi-Pro Arena Football Player and Father of 3 Had Surgery for an Enlarged Heart at Age 18
By David Wichner - Jan. 27, 2013 - Justin Ryder has battled heart problems nearly all his adult life.
But after multiple surgeries, the 35-year-old Las Vegas, Nev., resident finally has a ticker that works - SynCardia's temporary Total Artificial Heart.
Running out of options with his patched-up natural heart, Ryder had an artificial one implanted in early December at the University of Arizona Medical Center. It keeps him going, literally, while he awaits a donor heart.
It's been a tough run for Ryder, an athletic father of three who had surgery for an enlarged heart at age 18.
His natural heart's last gasp began in 2002, when he ran out of breath while tossing a football outside a friend's home during the Super Bowl... read more
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