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Shelbyville man hopes for new heart in the New Year

Shelbyville man hopes for new heart in the New Year

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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After years of heart problems, a 63-year-old grandpa is encouraging others to consider becoming organ donors in the New Year. Scotty Todd had a ventricular assist device inserted last year, and he is now waiting on the transplant list for a new heart.

At the age of 30, Todd had a heart attack. Since then, he has had a pacemaker put in and a medical valve. Last year, he knew something was wrong again when he started having shortness of breath and was tired all the time. Tests at Jewish Hospital showed his heart was not pumping blood correctly.

On Dec. 28, 2015, Todd had the ventricular assist device [VAD] inserted. Then he spent a month in the hospital recovering. He said missing the holidays while he was in the hospital was difficult. But he also wanted to thank all of his doctors and nurses at Jewish Hospital for taking care of him.

Over the last year, Todd had to learn to function with the batter-operated pump on his body at all times. He said everything from sleeping to showering is different now. And he also has to take care to not bump or snap the pumps on anything.

Then, in October Todd was added to the heart transplant list.

"It feels like Christmas coming again,” said Todd about waiting for his new heart. “I'm anxious and then I'm not. Because I know it's going to be a struggle after that. But I think it'll be worth it."

Todd cannot leave the state while he’s waiting for a transplant. He hopes it comes soon, because he’s anxious to get back to his active lifestyle. That includes riding his motorcycle with one of his sons.

"I can’t wait to get on it again,” said Todd of his beloved Harley. “I've been fixing on it, redoing it since summer! Because I can't ride it yet!"

Through his medical problems, his family has learned the importance of organ donation. His daughter his since registered as a donor, and he encourages others to think about the impact they could have.

"Maybe look back one day and say they did something to help someone else,” Todd said. “And that's probably the best thing to give someone ... is life."

In Kentucky, hospitals and doctors must have a family’s consent to honor a decision to donate, even if the deceased signed a donor card. So it’s important to discuss organ and tissue donation with your family.

For more information, you can call the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates [KODA] at 1-800-525-3456.

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