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The Fitness Model Without a Pulse

The Fitness Model Without a Pulse

– I essentially don’t have a pulse. You can check everywhere you’d want and you won’t feel a pulse. So I’m pretty much the best
looking zombie you’ll ever see. (laughs) My name is Andrew Jones
and I’m a professional fitness model, living
with an artificial heart. I always have to have batteries charging. At night when I’m going to
bed, I’ll plug my phone in and then I’ll plug myself
into the wall outlet to make sure I have power overnight. In 2012, I was diagnosed
with a cardiomyopathy which affects the heart’s
efficiency to pump blood. I was incredibly ill at the time and I was admitted to
the ICU for four months where they had to implant
what’s called an LVAD, which stands for Left
Ventricular Assist Device. And it’s considered an artificial heart. It’s taking over the
work of my heart for me. These devices, the two
batteries and the computer, these are what are
powering and controlling the artificial heart, to make sure that it’s working efficiently
and working properly. I started feeling strong
again when I was recovering after having the
artificial heart implanted. And, of course, it didn’t all
come at once, I took baby steps and I found myself back in
the gym sooner than later. And I got my strength back
and once I’m able to find the right match for a heart transplant, I’ll no longer need my artificial heart. At first I was upset about
having an artificial heart and then there was the
moment where I realized that this is my life for now
and either I can dwell and feel sorry for myself, or I
can continue doing the things that I love to do, the best way
I can and I haven’t stopped. I’m proud of the scars that
I have from my surgeries because scars are beautiful,
they’re a part of you. They tell your story and no one
can take that away from you. (heart beating)

100 thoughts on “The Fitness Model Without a Pulse

  1. Hello 👋 from Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 !!! May all your dreams come true !!! You are a very brave person !!! May you live a long healthy happy prosperous life !!! ❤️❤️❤️👍👍👍💋💋💋😘😘😘😍😍😍🥰🥰🥰🤗🤗🤗😊😊😊😃😃😃

  2. He is a LEGEND and a walking inspiration!
    It feels so good to see people like you working hard and overcome the difficulties.
    And seeing that u still doing your thing while i am self pittying is just so inspiring and thank you for that, because it gives me strenght to move on!

  3. I remember my great grandpa having one of these and when I was like 4 I asked him if it's impossible to die since the machine keeps his heart working lol

  4. I pray he doesn’t get stopped and frisked while black by a cop or something.
    I can’t imagine how all that would go down for him.

  5. I feel blessed right now that I have all my fully functioning organs, yes I'm overweight and should loose weight, but I'm grateful to God always. I pray he get a heart soon.

  6. Scares are beautiful they are part of you and tell stories, that’s the most powerful statement. I’m glad you are doing okay and in fact you’re encourage me to do more looking after myself 💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿

  7. He said that scars tell your story but all my scars are form dumb shit I’ve done (knife to the abdomen, hitting my chin on the floor, removing scabs too often

  8. God bless this man! There are no excuses people life still goes on and this guy is living proof that you can be the best version of yourself regardless of anything. Love it thank you GBS.

  9. It's an incredibly sad story and hopefully the new heart is found asap.

    But, at the same time, that's soooooo fucking cool!!!!!!

  10. Something tells me there isn't a transplant surgery for a heart in the world that could allow him to do what he can, i may be wrong, but as far as i know transplanted hearts are usually weaker then a normal persons right?

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