A Bridge to Transplant: Keith's Story

After receiving a Left Ventricular Assist Device, Keith is able to enjoy time at home with his family.Keith was an active guy, a soldier and a busy dad. When he started feeling poorly, he thought he was sick or was fighting an infection.


Then at age 25, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Keith's heart no longer functioned well enough for daily activity, but with the help of the left ventricle assist device (LVAD) implanted by cardiothoracic surgeons at UW Hospital and Clinics, Keith is able to keep up with his family and enjoy their time together.


They are thankful for the moments they share, whether it is a walk at the park, snuggled up watching a movie or simply making each other laugh.


Both Keith and Jessica are Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. They were married before deployment and hope to take their honeymoon and first family vacation after Keith’s condition stabilizes.


Keith will need a heart transplant, and is working to stay healthy and fit so he can receive one when a donor makes that gift possible.