September Patient of the Month: Steve Terrebonne

Steve Terrebonne

Earlier this year, while driving, Steve suddenly felt like an elephant was sitting on his chest.

He pulled over and called a friend for help, then called 911 and was rushed to the hospital. Steve was shocked to learn he had suffered a heart attack—so severe it’s often called “the widow maker”—and had 99% blockage in his heart. Until that day, he had never experience a single symptom of heart disease.

Doctors say a heart transplant is essential to his survival. To keep his heart functioning while awaiting his transplant, doctors implanted a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), which will act as a mechanical heart.

To read more about Steve or to make a donation in his honor, visit his personal fundraising page.