Meet Andrew Jones, A Body Builder Who almost Died but Survive by Carrying His Heart In A Bag Where Ever He go (Photos)
Andrew Jones, 26, is a professional body builder, and the curator of AJFitness. A few years ago, Jones was on a run and started having trouble breathing. Doctors diagnosed Jones with Cardiomyopathy.
The Mayo Clinic defines Cardiomyopathy as “the condition where the heart muscle is abnormal. It makes it harder for your heart to pump and deliver blood to the rest of your body.
The seemingly unfair question everyone in the community was asking, is how does something so severe, happen to someone at the peak of bodily excellence? Jones admits that, “when I was diagnosed I was in denial because it didn’t make sense that someone who takes care of their body would contract such a lethal disease.” Jones had to undergo multiple procedures and carry an LVAD, a left ventricular assist device.
Andrew Jones runs around with an artificial heart which is attached to two batteries and takes them everywhere he goes. He charged the battery just like every day he charges the battery on his cell.
Symptoms of the disease began in 2012 when, while doing his daily runs, Andrew unexpectedly lost his breath. He began coughing blood two years after this incident and was rushed to the hospital where it was discovered that Andrew had heart failure that needed an urgent heart transplant.
Andrew is back in the gym with his artificial heart and has started exercising again. Doctors have stated that as long as he follows all the directions given to him, Andrew will keep practicing.
Andrew Jones has launched his own charity, which he calls, Hearts at Large.
Andrew’s story is indeed a very emotional and inspiring one.