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Dutch man confirmed as world's longest-living heart transplant recipient

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Longest-Surviving Heart Transplant Patient Sets Guinness World Record #

Four decades after being diagnosed with a serious heart condition and given a short life expectancy, a transplant patient from the Netherlands has set a new Guinness World Record. The Dutchman, who was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at the age of 17, underwent a life-saving heart transplant in 1984 at Harefield Hospital in England. The operation was performed by renowned transplant pioneer Magdi Yacoub. Since then, the patient has lived a fulfilling life, getting married, having two sons, and pursuing his passion for glider piloting. Despite experiencing side effects from heart medication, he remains fit and active. His achievement of living for 39 years and 100 days after the transplant has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records. The previous record was 34 years and 359 days. The patient’s current cardiologist emphasizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle and staying active for long-term transplant success. Both the patient and Yacoub express gratitude for each other’s contributions.