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Jim Robertson suffered his first major heart attack in 2009, while working as chief pilot with American Airlines. He subsequently had six more heart attacks and thirteen heart operations over the course of 5 years. In May of 2015, Jim was surgically hooked up to an LVAD machine, or a device that pumped his blood and replaced his heart temporarily. It was at this time that Jim’s cardiologist informed him that in order to survive much longer, Jim would soon need a new heart, or a heart transplant. Jim was blessed with the telephone call that would save his life — on December 3rd, 2015 Jim received the gift of life through a successful heart transplant. He is now recovering in the ICU at Tufts University Medical Center in Boston, and looking forward to a quick recovery and new lease on life!

Jim is a U.S. Air Force Veteran and served his country for many years. He worked hard in a career as a commercial airline pilot for 20 years, and pursued his passion as an accomplished drummer. Jim has a tremendous amount of hope and will to survive, despite his health obstacles and unfortunate circumstances. Jim was married to his wife Wanda for many years, but she tragically passed away very unexpectedly and suddenly in August of 2014. Jim and Wanda’s two loving and supportive grown children (Cassie and James) are the love of his life, and Jim is committed to regaining his health to be able to spend as much time as possible with his family. But Jim desperately needs your help!

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December 19, 2015

Jim came home from the hospital yesterday, only two weeks after his heart transplant! He is still recovering but full of joy this Christmas with his new lease on life!

December 10, 2015

12/09/15: Jim is still in ICU recovering from his heart transplant that took place on December 3rd. He is already doing better and his doctors predict that he will be up and walking in a few days! Thanks so much for any donation you can make to help with his astronomical medical expenses!

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April 12, 2021

Hi jim, I don't know if you still remember me, but my name is Marshall Rader, and I was stationed with you in the early eighties at Pease! I hope you're doing better.? I'm getting ready to have heart surgery myself and having a aortic valve replacement., And I came across you for some odd reason and my research links. Nevertheless, I hope you're doing well on this dayr 4/11th 2021.

Marshall Rader

December 31, 2015

I have the best support group! Thank you all.

Jim R