A fitness fanatic was forced to fit a mechanical heart after he suffered heart failure at the age of 19.
Greg Marshall, now 21, from Oxford, was delighted to join the Royal Marines before joining a & # 39; breast infection & # 39; developed.
After prescribing antibiotics and an inhaler, Mr. Marshall collapsed in a parking lot the following month. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with a serious heart failure.
Mr. Marshall, who used to work as a model, had a pacemaker on October 25 last year. This failed just three weeks later and had to be replaced.
Just as things seemed to work, Mr. Marshall's condition deteriorated in March and he was placed on a waiting list for a heart transplant.
But because he was afraid that his condition was too serious to wait for a donor organ, the doctors fitted him in June with a left ventricular auxiliary device (LVAD), often called a mechanical heart.
Greg Marshall was forced to fit a mechanical heart after he had developed heart failure at only 21. Apart from the ordeal, he was looking forward to follow in the footsteps of his deceased father by joining the Royal Marines. He is now almost bedridden
Mr. Marshall has been in and out of the hospital for three years after his condition had caused him to collapse repeatedly. He was equipped with a pacemaker on 25 October last year, which failed three weeks later and had to be replaced. He was then placed on a waiting list for transplantation
Speaking of her son's condition, Tessa Marshall, 49, said: & he was a fit and healthy young man, he had never broken a bone and had never been ill.
& # 39; The chances are that I will survive him, which is very difficult to deal with, but hopefully his new heart will make a difference.
& # 39; The speed with which this happened has been terrible. & # 39;
Jan Marshall wanted to follow in the footsteps of his deceased father and underwent heavy interviews and medical tests to join the navy in October 2016, his mother wrote on his GoFundMe page.
Mr. Marshall surprised everyone when his health suddenly deteriorated, which doctors initially rejected as a chest or asthma infection.
Only when he collapsed did doctors realize how serious the situation was.
& # 39; He had a & # 39; had and could not clear the breast infection, & # 39; said Mrs. Marshall. & # 39; The doctor gave him an inhaler and said he had asthma.
& # 39; One day he went to Halfords and collapsed in the parking lot. & # 39;
Mr. Marshall was rushed to the hospital, where he received the devastating diagnosis.
& # 39; The hospital called and said he had heart failure, it was complete and utter disbelief, & # 39; said Mrs. Marshall. & # 39; Since then it has been a whirlwind. & # 39;
The diagnosis was particularly difficult for his family to take after losing Mr. Marshall & # 39; s father Greg to a heart attack in June 2015.
The family was screened to determine their risk of heart failure or an attack, with all tests clearly coming back.
Mr. Marshall's diagnosis was not even related to his father's condition. It is unclear what caused his heart failure in the first place.
Marshall received an LVAD on June 4 this year. This works like an artificial heart pump. One end of the pump is attached to the left ventricle, which pumps blood into a large vein, called the aorta, where it flows to the rest of the body. A fine cable connects the LVAD in the body with a controller on the outside. The controller detects how the LVAD functions and controls its power. A battery pack connects to the controller
Mr. Marshall underwent heavy interviews and medical tests to join the navy in October 2016. He is pictured left in the infantry uniform. In May of this year, Mr. Marshall (photo on the right in the hospital) collapsed after a job interview and hurried to intensive care
Tests revealed Mr. Marshall had & # 39; scars in the left ventricle and an enlarged heart & # 39 ;.
This is thought to be due to a condition called dilative cardiomyopathy that occurs when the left ventricle is enlarged and weakened. This affects the ability of the heart to pump.
Cardiomyopathy reportedly causes blood from Mr Marshall's valves in his lungs.
Mr. Marshall received a pacemaker and an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, both of which transmitted electrical pulses to regulate abnormal heart rhythms.
When the pacemaker fell out less than a month later, its weight dropped to just 69 kg (10pcs 12lbs), leaving the 6ft-long Mr. Marshall there & # 39; terrible & # 39; looked like.
His extreme weight loss is probably caused by his celiac disease, of which Mr. Marshall was diagnosed with heart failure.
When he showed no signs of improvement, Mr. Marshall was placed on the transplant list and tried to continue his life.
In May of this year, however, he collapsed again after attending a job interview and was rushed to intensive care. His family was told that this was the result of his heart failure.
Because he was not strong enough to wait any longer for a transplant, an LVAD was applied. Even with the & # 39; pump & # 39; Mr. Marshall is still on the list for a donor organ.
He needs the transplant as soon as possible, but doctors cannot tell when a suitable combination may be available.
According to the NHS, it means & # 39; lack of available hearts & # 39; that patients may have to wait months or even years before a donor organ of the right size and blood type becomes available.
Despite everything he has endured, Mr. Marshall (left and right in the hospital) is determined to stay positive. His serious condition meant that he needed an LVAD while waiting for a transplant
WHAT IS HEART FAILURE?
Heart failure means that the heart is unable to properly pump blood through the body. It is usually because the heart has become too weak or stiff.
Heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped working – it just needs some support to make it work better. It can occur at any age, but it is most common in older people.
Heart failure is a long-term condition that tends to gradually get worse over time. It cannot usually be cured, but the symptoms can often be controlled for many years.
The main symptoms of heart failure are:
- shortness of breath after activity or at rest
- usually feel tired and find exercise difficult
- swollen ankles and legs
Some people also experience other symptoms, such as a persistent cough, a rapid heartbeat, and dizziness.
Symptoms can develop rapidly (acute heart failure) or gradually over weeks or months (chronic heart failure).
Consult your doctor if you experience persistent or gradually worsening heart failure symptoms.
An LVAD acts as an artificial heart pump and is used to treat people with severe heart failure.
It is also sometimes given to those on the waiting list for a heart transplant while waiting for a suitable match.
One end of the pump is attached to the left ventricle, which pumps blood into a large vein, called the aorta, where it flows to the rest of the body.
A fine cable connects the LVAD in the body with a controller on the outside.
The controller detects how the LVAD functions and controls its power. A battery pack connects to the controller.
This means that Mr. Marshall is not & # 39; extremely careful & # 39; can swim or bathe.
Despite everything he has experienced, Mr Marshall, who is almost bedridden, manages to stay positive.
& # 39; He's still the same person as before, he's happy and smiling, but he's frustrated with what happened to his life, & # 39; said Mrs. Marshall.
& # 39; It's hard for him because he feels he has no value or purpose, but he doesn't complain at all.
& # 39; He never said: & # 39; Why did it happen to me? & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We just hope that this procedure brings him some normality. & # 39;
Mrs. Marshall is fundraising for vests that will make his & # 39; equipment easier for him to wear and wear & # 39 ;.
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