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This Bodybuilder Who Carried His Heart In His Backpack Is A Real Inspiration
By Izza Sofia, 17 Jul 2017
Even a serious illness did not stop Andrew ‘AJ’ Jones from doing what he loves most.
The fitness model was told he would need a heart transplant and was given a left ventricular assist device that acts in place of his heart, pumping blood around his body. He carries this around in a battery-powered backpack.
While Jones was on the waiting list for a heart transplant, he did not let that stop him from continuing his fitness regime and pursuing his dreams.
In 2012, Jones suffered breathing difficulties and began coughing up blood. He was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease in which the muscle wall of the heart becomes thickened—resulting in the organ’s failure.
At night, he keeps himself alive by plugging his device in to charge, just like he would charge a mobile phone. He said that despite his bleak prognosis, he was still able to continue training.
The 26-year-old has amassed a large Instagram following by inspiring others to take control of their lives and their health.
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