During her early teens, Kelly Mealman of Ramsey lived with no restrictions despite being born with heart defects that required...
Peter Quimby, with a left ventricular assist device and defibrillator, says he’s “the healthiest dying person you’ll ever know.”
Terri Wagner-Morley’s all-metal hip, implanted in 2008, began popping within two years. Its maker recalled it in 2010. Wagner-Morley has had four surgeries, battled infection and suffered a stress fracture during rehabilitation.
“It never occurs to us that we have to dial back our activities or interests,” said Doug McConnell, of Barrington, Ill., who has an artificial cervical disc.
Peter Quimby keeps up his exercise while toting along the batteries and control unit that run his left ventricular assist device.