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Ivan Harrell doesn’t strike you as the sort of ‘fella’ who needs anything from anyone. In fact, the tall spectacled former high school tennis champ exudes so much confidence you’d never know he suffers from eight chronic health conditions - any of which could kill him. Still, despite having to endure numerous medical procedures, the deaths of both his father and brother, and assisting with the care of his ailing mother, Harrell seems almost nonchalant about his latest challenge, finding a heart.
In 1993, Ivan was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia and high blood pressure. Doctors implanted a defibrillator that puts his heart back into sinus rhythm. Ivan has since been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation and a blood clot. He also has 50% blockage of his main artery. Doctors say a heart transplant is critical to his survival.
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