She’s a Fighter: Treating a Failing Heart With a LVAD

Ruby Moody is a fighter, although you’d never know it to look at her. She’s fairly small, has snow white hair, speaks softly, and enjoys life, but five years ago her heart started failing. Just living became a daily battle.

“I couldn’t walk as far as three or four feet. I couldn’t breathe,” Ruby told CW33 reporter Barry Carpenter.

Plans to celebrate her 60th wedding anniversary, accomplishments of her grandchildren, gardening and work at her church seemed impossible.“

Then Dr. David Rawitscher, a cardiologist at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, suggested implanting a left-ventricular assist device (LVAD).

“It has the ability to pump blood almost as much as a native heart would do,” Dr. Rawitscher said. “The heart can be very weak, and this device can help.”

Patients with conditions as severe as Mrs. Moody’s often don’t live a year.  But she’s a fighter who decided the LVAD was the solution. “This technology was put here for me at the time because there was nothing else for me,” Ruby said. Doctors implanted the device in June.

The LVAD technology made the difference for the Moodys who just celebrated 59 years together, and are planning a cruise to mark #60. CW33 tells her story and more on their website.

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Susan Hall
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Susan joined Baylor many years ago when Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas was the only Baylor facility in the area. When not at work, she’s outside – Big Bend National Park is her favorite with Glacier National Park a close second.

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She’s a Fighter: Treating a Failing Heart With a LVAD