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Tony Williams

  • Age: 41 (at implant)
  • Diagnosis: Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Implant Date: July 5, 2011
  • Freedom® discharge: Aug. 10, 2011
  • Hospital: VCU Medical Center
  • Surgeon: Dr. Daniel Tang

Tony Williams, 42, is near the top of the list for a donor heart. He was diagnosed six years ago. His disease was manageable at first, but he said in "the last year, things went downhill." Williams, who lives in Henrico County, is a veteran and father of three. Heart disease runs in his family, he said, naming his father, brother and a late uncle as also affected.

In July, Williams had a Total Artificial Heart implanted at VCU Medical Center's Pauley Heart Center. The Total Artificial Heart does the work for the left and right ventricles and is approved for temporary therapy for patients waiting for transplants.

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