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A Marathon Runner’s Heart Transplant

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When Terry Collier learned he would need a heart transplant, he was nothing but shocked.

The former director of the Las Vegas and Los Angeles marathons, who had run over 140 races himself, had no warning signs of a heart condition outside of becoming short of breath one February day in 2018.

At the time, Collier was living in Atlanta. Since the wait for a new heart can be long, doctors recommended Collier have a left ventricular assist device implanted in his chest to help pump the blood while he waited.

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Eventually though, his condition worsened and in the spring of 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Collier was admitted to Mayo Clinic’s hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

He spent 180 days in-patient before the call came.

Today, Collier is working hard in cardiac rehab, training for his next race. “My goal is to run the south rim of the Grand Canyon,” he says. “I did it when I turned 40 and my goal is to do it one more time.”

Terry Collier is thankful for the gift of life.

To learn more about Mayo Clinic’s heart transplant program, visit https://mayocl.in/3l6Haoz

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