Meet Jackie

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Meet Jackie

Caregiver to an LVAD recipient

“My husband was going through heart failure. When we found out he needed a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) due to his heart failure, we didn’t know what to expect. We were scared. I learned how to help him and his battery powered machinery which helped his heart continue to beat. Some days, I really didn’t know where I would find the strength from or how, but we had the support of our family and friends to get us through. We found out about Harboring Hearts through our social worker at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. We found community to be by our side every step of the way. We had a blast at Jean’s Hope 4 Hearts Day two years ago!”

Today, Jean is a full-time personal trainer at his local gym. He no longer carries an LVAD when he trains his clients and his heart journey has taken a new direction.

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