Baffle heart procedure ‘a miracle’ for two Florida men with invasive heart operation
A Florida man who has been undergoing a heart surgery in Los Angeles for more than three years has been able to perform a second operation to save his life.
Theodore “Teddy” Tackett underwent surgery at UCLA Medical Center in January and underwent a second procedure on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old is expected to return home to his family this week, and has started receiving daily treatments to help with his recovery, according to his mother, Lisa Tacketts.
Tackett, who is from Jacksonville, Fla., told the Los Angeles Times that he had never had a heart transplant.
“I was just so sick and tired of my body feeling like it was hurting me and I was going through the motions,” he said.
“It was the most important thing I could do.
So I was just like, I don’t care what it is, I want to be able to do this and I’m going to go through the procedure and get my heart back.”
The procedure took about two weeks and involved two heart bypass machines and three heart bypass grafts.
Tickett had a partial heart transplant in June 2016 and had been receiving daily heart injections, but it was too late for the second operation.
“He didn’t feel right,” his mother said.
Tackleett had previously been working as a security guard at the L.A. Coliseum.
He was arrested in December 2016 and was facing a charge of aggravated battery of a police officer.
He pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to six months of probation.