After heart transplant, 24-year-old making every beat count

When then 22-year-old Kennedy Ngungutau began experiencing symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath and intense coughing, he realized he was very sick. He soon learned that his heart had been attacked by a virus a year earlier, causing it to grow weak. To his surprise, Kennedy was diagnosed with heart failure. Two months later, he … Continue reading After heart transplant, 24-year-old making every beat count

Boxing provides strength to woman living with heart condition

When you think of boxing, you may picture the greats duking it out in the middle of a ring. But boxing isn’t just a sport. It’s recognized as a critical part of the rehabilitation process for older adults who are recovering from heart surgery and living with a cardiovascular condition. The bulky battery pack visible on 67-year-old Tarulata Patel’s waist … Continue reading Boxing provides strength to woman living with heart condition

Baylor Dallas heart transplant a ‘Christmas miracle’

A brutal case of pneumonia four years ago put Richard Powell on a path that would eventually lead him to a Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas operating room for a heart transplant weeks before Christmas. When Powell first got sick in early 2010, he was treated at a hospital in his home city of Monroe, Louisiana, for … Continue reading Baylor Dallas heart transplant a ‘Christmas miracle’