A New Lease On Life

By: ralphbarrera

Apr 11 2010

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Category: Photojournalism

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Focal Length:16mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

After tying the laces on one shoe, Keith Groscost of Cedar Park had to rest before he could tie the other laces. Walking left him breathless. And he used oxygen while sleeping. Groscost had heart failure, and the doctors told him that at 79, he was too old for a transplant. But he got a “heart” anyway, and though it’s as permanent as a transplant, it’s like no heart he imagined. On March 3, Groscost became the first patient in Central Texas to be implanted with a titanium device that will do the work of his heart for the rest of his life. At Seton Medical Center, Groscost received a ventricular assist device approved by the Food and Drug Administration in January for lifelong use. Before January, the Heartmate II device could be implanted temporarily — until a heart transplant became available.-Mary Ann Roser/AAS

Groscost’s wife Vivian checks his device each day with a stethoscope to be sure its whirling away. “This is better than being in the grave.” said Groscost, who also says his quality of life has been improved by leaps and bounds.

Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman

For Mary Ann Roser’s story and a video of Dr William Kesser and Groscost in hospital see more

For extended photo gallery see photos


One comment on “A New Lease On Life”

  1. Love the photo! It was a great piece in the Statesman and a really powerful photo to accompany.

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