Belmont family seeking heart transplant

Brian Page and his wife, Misti, sat down with WTVA and talked about the process of getting a heart transplant and the battles they face.

Posted: Sep 27, 2019 4:21 PM
Updated: Sep 27, 2019 4:31 PM

BELMONT, Miss. (WTVA) - Brian Page and his family are in the middle of a war.

He needs a heart transplant.


The Page family: (l-r) Caine, Brian, Misti, Carlee, Chloee

Battle No. 1

Page suffered a heart attack on Aug. 26, 2016, as he and his wife, Misti, were traveling to Tupelo for her doctor appointment.

They didn’t get far away from home when he had to pull over.

They later met an ambulance in Fulton which transported him to the hospital in Tupelo.

“The paramedics had already called the hospital and told them what was going on,” he said. “So, they had the cardiac team on standby when I arrived, and everything went really fast from there.”

Page knew his situation was bad, but he learned how much worse it could have been.

“I was really fortunate to have been in a position to be able to get to the hospital as quickly as I did,” Page said in reference to his “widowmaker” heart attack.

He now has seven stents to help with blood flow.

What followed was countless back-and-forth trips and the improvement and decline of his health.

His doctors in Tupelo directed him to Nashville for more specialized care.

The worst-case scenario, he thought, would be a bypass.

Instead, he needed a new heart.

Battle No. 2

Having been a smoker most of his life, the doctors told him to stop.

Six months – that's how long he needed to be away from cigarettes in order to continue with heart transplant actions.

“They wanted me to come in two weeks, and I said, ‘OK, by the time I come back, I’ll be smoke-free.’”

He returned completely smoke-free.

Oct. 1 will mark six months.

Battle No. 3

“It’s not just as simple as saying, ‘Well I’m gonna get a heart. I’m gonna get....”

He paused for a brief second.

“Somebody has to die, you know, and that, that’s a huge thing that weighs on me that somebody has to lose their life in order for me to get that heart.”

Getting that heart will take time and a lot of matching.

Battle No. 4

Brian and his family feel blessed.

Even with constant health problems, he realizes that he is in a situation in which he can be victorious.

“I know every day people are diagnosed with terminal illnesses. People are diagnosed with cancer and told, ‘There’s nothing we can do about it,’” he said describing situations many people in the world face.

He has hope.

“So, I do have that hope that something can help,” he continued. “So, I don’t feel like that I'm in any kind of worse situation than a lot of other people; but I know that those people are fighting a battle that is a big deal to them, and we’re fighting one that’s a big deal to us right now.”

Brian and Misti are going to Nashville this weekend for more doctors appointments.

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