Healing a Broken Heart

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Matthew Cross, center, and his family.

In February 2013, Matthew Cross had a broken heart, and it had nothing to do with romance. Four years before, at just 32, Matthew had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. The young father spent four years in and out of the hospital, undergoing weekly check-ups for his Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). The device kept him alive by assisting his heart in pumping enough blood to meet his body’s needs, but his condition left him tired and unable to work or play with his kids. He knew that a heart transplant was his best chance at long-term survival and improved quality of life.

On February 13—coincidentally both the day before Valentine’s Day and National Organ Donor Day—Matthew received the call that would offer him a second chance at life. After four long years of waiting, he was getting a new heart. He checked into Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center in downtown Louisville at midnight, and awoke on Valentine’s Day with a new, healthy heart pumping in his chest.

Now celebrating six years with his new heart, the Louisville resident is back to work as a delivery driver for a cabinet company, and spending time with his four children. Matthew credits his continued health and happiness to Jewish Hospital and their incredible care team—a group of healthcare professionals he now considers family. He said, “Whatever they tell me to do down at Jewish, I do it. They are the best. There is no other hospital I would recommend to my family and friends. I love them.”

To learn more about how the care team at Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center is changing lives, go to www.kentuckyonehealth.com/transplant-care.