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A Series by David Grubin


Patient Updates: Endlessly Beating

Beth is still at home but slowly regaining her strength.
Beth is still at home but slowly regaining her strength.

BETH BRADLEY

Beth is doing very well with her new heart pump. Still at home but slowly regaining her strength. She still is waiting for a heart transplant and doctors say the new pump is helping to reduce the high level of anti-bodies in her blood. This will hopefully increase her chances on getting a transplant.


Heart patient Viktor Foldevi says he has been feeling healthier than he ever has.
Heart patient Viktor Foldevi says he has
been feeling healthier than ever before.

VIKTOR FOLDEVI

Viktor says he's feeling great, healthier than he ever has. He's overdue for a check-up with Dr. Frazier at Texas Heart (but is waiting for some insurance problem to clear up), but all expectations are for a clean bill of health. His mom said he's always out and about. He just got back from a two week vacation in Sweden, which he's been wanting to do since he fell ill. He plans to start school next semester. For now he's taking it easy, enjoying his health, and taking care of his son.


Bob is doing great physically and has gone back to work.
Bob is doing great physically and has gone back to work.

BOB CUNNINGHAM

Bob is doing great physically and has gone back to work, advertising for jobs locally (in Suffolk County) and going on estimates. He takes on the smaller "light" jobs and leaves the bigger, heavier work to his son Sean. Bob's time is also taken up by organizing his and Kathy's affairs. He has faced his own mortality and now wants to make sure things are in order so they "don't become a burden to their kids." Bob doesn't talk much about his health except to say that he feels fine and then steers the conversation back to how busy he is with paperwork -- perhaps a testament to how well he's adjusted to his new heart and how he feels compelled to make the most of his time now.



Funding is provided by Medtronic, AstraZeneca, and Mars, Incorporated - makers of CocoaVia. Additional funding is provided by the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation. A co-production of David Grubin Productions, Thirteen/WNET New York and WETA Washington, D.C.
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