The story of Francesco, the first transplant recipient with a stopped heart: "I walked my first 7 kilometers"

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The story of Francesco, the first transplant recipient with a stopped heart: "I walked my first 7 kilometers"

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He slowly raises his medal with the words ” Rovigo Love ” engraved in green, it is the prize for having participated in a mini marathon. Francesco can't hold back his tears: “Last Sunday I walked the first seven and a half kilometers “. A transplanted heart beats inside his chest. A special heart though: the first transplant in the world with a heart that has stopped for over thirty minutes.

The feat was accomplished by the medical team of the cardiac surgery department of the University Hospital of Padua , directed by the cardiac surgeon Gino Gerosa , who explains to Fanpage.it: “A multiple satisfaction because as Italian researchers, we have demonstrated to the world that a transplantation from a still heart donor with a stopping time of more than thirty minutes was possible to perform”.

Francesco together with part of the Paduan medical team that transplanted him

Francesco together with part of the Paduan medical team that transplanted him

Francesco is the first transplant recipient to receive this immense gift . His story and medical feat are told at the municipal theater of his town of origin: Costa di Rovigo. Francesco wants to live, to be among people, to shake hands. After his operation, which took place on May 11th , 19 other similar transplants were performed throughout Italy. A Copernican revolution in the field of cardiac surgery.

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Francesco has no doubts: “This operation has changed my life, completely changed it. As I have always said and thought, I will always be grateful to my donor and in particular to the medical team in Padua who saved me”.

Were you afraid before the surgery? How were your waiting days? “I think it's something that Professor Gerosa can also testify to, I tried in every possible way to get on the list for the transplant and get to the point, and when I received the phone call I wasn't scared at all, I went straight on and I said to myself, here we go, I have to do it.”

Courage, gratitude. Today is this, Francesco. “My life, finally, has become the life of a person, we always say with limitations, but normal . I will never stop thinking about and thanking my donor.”

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