Heart failure patient: ‘Without these people, I wouldn’t be alive’
Today, Jillianne Code has a new heart after a decade of dire cardiac problems that saw the healthy young woman collapse from congestive heart failure at age 28.
“On the day I arrived in B.C. from Edmonton, I collapsed,” said Code, now 39. “I had no previous health issues.”
Code credits her health today to her heart donor and the integrated team and co-ordinated approach of health professionals and specialists at the heart function and cardiac rehabilitation clinics at Royal Jubilee Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Cindy E. Harnett reports.
Dr. Scott MacDonald, Providence Crosstown Clinic