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David Thomasson

"It honestly felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest," says David Thomasson of the pain he experienced during his heart attack. "I thought heart disease was something that happened to old people."

Baylor's highly regarded cardiovascular team told David he needed quadruple bypass surgery and explained how a pump would take over for his heart during the procedure. "It's a really amazing machine," he says. Today, David is going strong. And he's extremely grateful both for the care he received and the heart-lung machine that saved his life. "I gave it a big hug when I saw it," he says.