Playing Basketball Without A Heart

Do you think that it’s possible to live without a heart? And if you do, how long do you think it’s possible? Well, Stan Larking can an...

Do you think that it’s possible to live without a heart? And if you do, how long do you think it’s possible? Well, Stan Larking can answer that question from experience. He lived his life without a heart for 17 months. And no, he wasn’t staying in bed – in fact, he wasn’t even taking it easy. He was playing basketball and other intense activities even after his heart was removed from his body. 

Stan had lived all his life with a condition called familial cardiomyopathy, a disease that gradually cases heart failure over time. It was slowly wearing his heart down and the only hope for him was a heart donor. But there was no heart donor available at the time when his heart was starting to fail and he needed time. He needed a technology that would give him just a little more time until a donor would be found. 

Amazingly enough, we live in a time when a heart replacement device is no longer science fiction. It turns out that medical engineers have developed a body augmentation technology that can completely replace a human heart called the SynCardia Freedom Portable Driver. And that’s exactly what Stan needed! After undergoing a very difficult and complex surgery to remove his heart and replace it with the 13.5 pound SynCardia machine, Stan became the first human to live without a heart. 

With the SynCardia device, Stan not only survived 17 months without a heart but he was able to lead a somewhat active lifestyle. He could play basketball and engage in other intense physical activities. Since then Stan found a donor, received a heart and I’m happy to say that two weeks after his surgery he’s feeling great. Stan’s incredible story and breath-taking heroism is a real breakthrough in medical engineering. What an amazing privilege it is to be alive today.

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Cavakia TherlongeAbout the Author
Cavakia Therlonge is a Miami fitness professional and digital marketing consultant. When he's not in the gym helping men and women find fitness, he likes to dedicate a portion of his time to Info Oomph to help reach fitness hopefuls via the written word. A side from sharing the fitness gospel, he's passionate about helping local companies generate more traffic via SEO and social media marketing. To connect with Cavakia for digital marketing solutions, email him at or via social media.

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