Carter was diagnosed with a disease called amyloidosis two months ago, a condition that damages the heart through protein build-up.-Wes
“It just sort of fractured as we cut across it,” said Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Surgeon Dr. Lyle Joyce. “It was just crunchy.”
As a result, neither ventricle could pump blood. Joyce performed the operation, first taking out Carter’s real heart. For a man without a heart, Carter shows a lot of heart.