Patient Stories


Each story is different, but all share a common message: heart recovery is possible. Learn more about the people who returned home with their native hearts.



Stories of Heart Recovery


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Anne Fowler is Back to Gardening

Anne remained on Impella® support for nearly three days until her heart function recovered and the pump was removed. 

Anesthesiologist Survives Cardiogenic Shock After Collapsing

Following a brief recovery period, Dr. Amos Szajner has returned to his active lifestyle.

Enjoying Flights Above Switzerland After Heart Attack

Because of the Impella® heart pump, Rolf Schnurrenberger is back at his favorite hobbies. 

Kumamoto Man Survives Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Thanks to the Impella® Heart Pump

After three days of support, Ryuji Nagai’s heart function recovered and Impella® was removed.

Grandfather’s Heart Recovers from Myocarditis

On June 17, Kimihiko went into cardiogenic shock and required immediate mechanical circulatory support.

Young Lawyer’s Heart Recovers from COVID-19 and Myocarditis

After three days of support, Chavez Adams’ heart recovered and Impella® was removed.

Surviving a Heart Attack While Surfing

After three days of support, Bob Kiefer’s heart function returned to normal.

Treatment with the Impella® Heart Pump

Ralf Rohrbeck survives heart attack and now enjoys a new life in Helmstedt.

Impella® Heart Pump Enables Heart Recovery in Lucerne

Because of the Impella heart pump, Anneke and her husband are back to enjoying cycling and going on holiday.

Mother of Two Survives Heart Attack

After two days of support, the Impella® heart pump was removed and Jennifer Guess was discharged home days later. 

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