CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Hillsboro man is no longer in need of a mechanical heart pump after the University of Cincinnati Medical Center performed its first heart transplant in more than eight years earlier this month.
David Waits, 50, received a heart transplant on Feb. 2. Waits suffered a massive heart attack in December of 2014. He was transported to UC Medical Center and a left ventricular assist device was implanted, according to the hospital."
"Heart disease is in my family," said Waits. "I'm a third generation heart disease patient. I'm lucky to be alive. Everyone tells me I'm a miracle. I shouldn't be here.
Louis B. Louis IV, chief of cardiac surgery at UC Medical Center, performed Waits' transplant and implant of LVAD.
"It's amazing to see him up walking when just two weeks ago he had a hard time getting out of bed," David Waits' wife Carol added. "It was an amazing sight to see everyone clapping for him when he took his first steps after surgery. People came from all over this hospital to show their support. Everyone at UC Medical Center is family to us."