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Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center

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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 app.

‘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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‘I think I’m having a heart attack’

David Eck thought he was in the clear after surviving a heart attack miles offshore in the Gulf Coast. But years later, fear returned.

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‘We’re grateful for the gift of life’

Scott Kovacs' heart beat a path toward almost certain death. With a new heart, he's now running toward his future.

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A heart for the diamond

Surgery and a steely resolve helped Howie Glupker, 76, put his heart attack behind him and the softball field ahead.

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‘A year later—and here I am’

Nick Paradiso blamed allergies for his breathing troubles. A quick trip to the ER revealed something more concerning.

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‘By the grace of God’

When little Mary Chittle's heart stopped, a team of doctors, nurses and prayer warriors joined forces to get it beating again.

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Three men and a gym: Comeback stories

Heart trouble dealt knockout punches to three men who frequent the same gym. Each time, quick action saved lives.

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Young at heart

After narrowly escaping death, heart transplant patient Fred Nelis will swim competitively in the Transplant Games.