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Justin Ryder

  • Age: 34 (at implant)
  • Diagnosis: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Implant date: Dec. 3, 2012
  • Freedom switch: Dec. 21, 2012
  • Transplant: Feb. 24, 2013
  • Hospital: University of Arizona Medical Center
  • Surgeon(s): Dr. Kristy Smith

Justin Ryder, an athletic father of four who used to play semi-pro arena football, has battled heart problems nearly all his adult life. He was first diagnosed with an enlarged heart at age 18 when he tried to join the Navy. Over the years, he underwent multiple surgeries, including replacement of his heart valves with mechanical ones and implantation of a pacemaker and a defibrillator. By December 2012, Justin’s condition had become critical. He needed a heart transplant, but no matching donor heart was available. To save his life, on Dec. 3, 2012, doctors removed Justin’s failing heart and replaced it with the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart to bridge him to a heart transplant.

 

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