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Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center

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‘This is a gift’

Thanks to a mechanical heart pump, Sherri Kanten is living life to the fullest.

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‘On death’s doorstep’

Vietnam veteran Charlie Bell thanks God and his medical team for a lung transplant that gave him a new lease on life.

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‘I’m telling everyone who will listen’

After a 99% blockage and double bypass, James Cook turns his health around by cutting dairy, oil and meat from his diet.

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Get your daily dose of inspiration by exploring our most extraordinary stories of survival, miracles and medical innovation.

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‘A Christmas miracle’

A year after a sudden cardiac arrest stopped his heart, Gordon Bose looks forward to celebrating his new "first birthday" this holiday.

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‘Just short of a miracle’

When Michael Travis suffered a sudden heart problem, quick action—and the instant availability of an AED unit—made all the difference.

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4 before 40

Jeremy VerVeer suffered his first heart attack at age 25. He then survived three more by age 38.

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‘Our first moment of joy’

As Sid Sybenga lay in critical condition following a cardiac arrest, an innovative lung treatment gave his family hope for his recovery.

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‘I’m a warrior’

Fabiola Garnett suffered cardiac arrest at age 13. Two decades later, she received the gift of a heart.

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‘I’ve got to keep going’

With a love of hobos and an aversion to technology, Claud Wolff seemed the least likely guy to find solace in the high-tech Spectrum Health Now.

‘I love this job’

While proud of the tremendous growth of Spectrum Health during his 18 years of leadership, President and CEO Rick Breon is ready to embrace retirement life.

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When two hearts beat as one

Twin brothers John and Tom Pantlind shared many experiences growing up. Now they share an end to their heart troubles.

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