Heart felt

Fours years to the day that I was admitted to the ED with a broken shoulder, I was admitted – as planned – to the Ashford cardiac unit where I now have a shiny new heart valve.

Many thanks to the talented Ashford/Flinders TAVI team, the great staff at SA Heart and the fabulous nurses at Ashford Hospital.

Thank goodness we live in a country with universal health care where ordinary people can benefit from these advanced technologies and procedures without bankrupting themselves or going into massive debt.

The eye-wateringly expensive biomechanical device now implanted in my heart uses bovine tissue inside a delicate wire frame.

The only downsides I can foresee are the occasional urge to say “Moo” and the thought that I might never be able to eat steak again. It could be a relative.

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