Completing an ironman on a borrowed heart | Derek Fitzgerald | TEDxBedminster

02/10/2014 11:52:55

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. After a decade of surviving one health nightmare after the next, Derek has infused his unique perspective on healthcare with his technology experience, creating his own patient-based care system.

The process took years off of his recovery regimen and returned him to a level of health that has exceeded all expectations, including becoming the first cancer survivorheart transplant recipient to complete one of the world’s most grueling endurance events, the IRONMAN triathlon.

Derek spent the last ten years surviving Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, heart failure, and ultimately a heart transplant.

He dedicates his life toward helping others going through their own healthcare journeys.

He has created successful tech companies that specialize in building innovative solutions.

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Ben Adler

I am a heart transplant recipient and this guy described some of the issues that I went through perfectly. At about 9min into the vid he speaks about an annoying sound. To elaborate, your heart fails slowly in most cases and it was many years since I had a heart beat that anyone could find. When I suddenly had a heart beat, it would keep me awake! My wife on the other hand was so happy that she would just lay beside me and listen. Anyway this guys vid is must watch

07/10/2015
Lew McCorvey

THE TINMAN IS THE REAL DEAL .

30/11/2014
Jake Caswell

That was utterly amazing

06/10/2014
SpinazFou

I cried a bit 

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