Keeping His Heart Pumping

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SACRAMENTO—

Twenty-plus years of bypasses and heart procedures. Now back to a new normal.

Getting cold feet just before surgery, natural. But after? That’s a whole different story.

“It’s neat, I actually got cold feet last night. The feeling is coming back. Right now, I’ve got more energy than when I came in here, so it’s amazing,” said Ron Walters.

Walters – back on his feet.

“I’m standing here pretty steady. I couldn’t do this three or four weeks ago,” Walters said.

Today he’s heading home with some new hardware.

The shiny, much smaller mechanical heart pump is a brand new version – and Walters is the very first in the Sacramento area to be fitted with his new life-changing device.

“This will allow us to take care of even more patients with something stage heart failure,” said a doctor at the press conference announcing the success of Walters’ procedure.

While the device is smaller and much more efficient than older heart pump models, doctors still note that there’s a trade-off.

With any piece of machinery implanted inside someone, some precautions need to be taken. Like, he’ll have to always be either attached to a power chord or a battery pack.

But that doesn’t mean Walters will be tied down all day. He can still freely do the things he once loved, without any concern for up to 10 hours every day. Except for anything water related.

“The main thing is he can’t jump in the pool or the spa, and I don’t see him surfing out on the beach,” the doctor said.

Even so, this former law enforcer is ready to get back to the good life.

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