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The incredible story of the Dutchman/ 40 years with a gifted heart

2024-02-08 15:57:00, Kuriozitete CNA
The incredible story of the Dutchman/ 40 years with a gifted heart
Bert Janssen

Bert Janssen, 57, from the Netherlands, survived for almost 40 years with a donated heart he received at Harefield Hospital in Uckbridge, north-west London, in the 1980s, making him the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest transplant of the heart in a patient. 

The father-of-two and a pilot said it was an "honour" to achieve the record, but that he is still grateful for the "incredible gift" he received from the donor, the BBC reports

"I never imagined I would make it this far," Jensen said, adding that he has set a benchmark for others who now have proof that it is possible to live long with a donor heart.

He was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease that affects the heart's ability to pump blood around the body, when he was 17. 

His operation was the 107th transplant at Harefield Hospital./ CNA

The incredible story of the Dutchman/ 40 years with a gifted heart
Bert Janssen when he was 17 years old

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