Perry County man's new heart allows him to maintain active lifestyle

Bulan, Ky. (WYMT)-- The reason one Perry County man's heart is beating motivates him to live life to the fullest and remain active.

"You want to do good because a person had to die so you could live," said Mike Hill, who underwent a heart transplant in September. "That is always in my mind."

Hill received his new heart more than one year after after he experienced a blood clot and then a heart attack, a heart attack for which he waited to seek medical attention.

He first felt pain when he reached onto a hook in his bedroom to grab some keys.

"It's like something hit me," he said. "Just something hit me in my chest and knocked me back on the bed."

His wife eventually took him to a hospital, but when he was at a stoplight on the way, he almost though he wouldn't make it there.

Following his transplant, Hill has remained active.

He rides his motorcycle frequently and keeps up with his three young grandsons.

He wants to allow his heart donor's family to see him at some point.

"What I'd like for them to do is for them to put a stethoscope to my heart and let them, any one of them, don't matter, see that their loved one is still living within my chest."


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