When great-grandad Bill had a new heart valve fitted he did not expect to be going home the same day. Bill says the advanced procedure has given him a new lease of life as he is no longer struggling for breath, his heart flutter has improved and he is well enough to get back to a spot of gardening and is back driving.
After 60 years of marriage Eric and Margaret are no strangers to sharing a hug. But such a simple gesture proved lifesaving for Eric, 81, of Glasgow, when his wife noticed his heart sounded very different to normal.
Tommy was the first patient to undergo a TAVI procedure at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and was walking around with his zimmer frame above his head a few days later.
When George started to feel breathless he doubted there was much that could be done for him as he had already had open heart surgery in the past, but in 2011 he underwent a TAVI procedure and has never looked back.
Bill, 91, had a TAVI operation to repair his faulty heart valve. The retired engineer was awake through the whole procedure and back home the next day.