Andrew Jones, 26, a professional fitness model and body builder, has always lived an active lifestyle, until 2012, when he was diagnosed with “Cardiomyopathy,” – a disease which affects the ability of the heart to pump blood.
Doctors put Jones on the wait-list for a full heart transplant, meanwhile, he was given a device, LVAD, which allows patients to continue doing their normal activities while they await transplant.
Called Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), this device consists of a battery pack and a computer, which power and control the technology assisting Jones’ heart and help his heart pump blood around his body.
Due to his condition, Andrew Jones has no pulse as he does not have a self-functioning heart. Everyday, he carries around with him at all times an artificial heart pump and pacemaker attached to a backpack. Every night, Jones has to plug himself into the wall outlet every night to charge the lifesaving hardware.
Jones is determined to maintain a positive outlook on life despite his living conditions. In a YouTube clip, he shared, “at first, I was upset about having an artificial heart. And then there was that moment where I realize that this is my life for now. Either I can dwell and feel sorry for myself, or I can continue doing the things that I love to do, the best way I can. And I haven’t stopped.”
Andrew Jones founded Hearts at Large, a charity aimed at raising awareness on issues of life-saving transplants and offer support and encouragement to transplant patients.