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.

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