James Politis, better known as “Jim” has always been an upbeat, tireless person.This past June, Jim was stopped in his tracks when he suddenly went into heart failure. Due to the severity of his condition, his choices were limited and he underwent surgery for a left ventricular assist device, or an LVAD. Soon after his LVAD surgery, Jim experienced complications, and his cardiologists informed him that without a lifesaving heart transplant, his time would quickly run out.
Jim received the telephone call that would save his life, and on Tuesday October 27th, 2015, a true miracle happened! Jim received the gift of life through a lifesaving heart transplant; and while he is still recovering and has a long way to go, each and every day he survives is truly a blessing. Jim has been married to his loving wife, Jan for over 39 years. They have three wonderful and supportive children together, and three grandchildren who are his pride and joy. Seeing his grandchildren grow up is the one thing Jim truly looks forward to in the years to come. Jim worked hard very hard his whole life to support his family, and served on a local County Board of Supervisors for many years. He even raised buffalo and had a restaurant with his wife Jan, and is still currently involved with Virginia Cares and the Re-Entry Council which will help ex-offenders assimilate back into society and the work force. However, Jim’s main passion for the last several years, has been reintroducing industrial hemp for economic farming development. After many years of helping others, Jim desperately needs your help.
December 16, 2015
Recent article about James' Campaign: www.roanoke.com
December 15, 2015
Jim is now able to speak, as his medical team placed a "speaking valve" in his trach, as he is slowly being weaned from the ventilator. Jim was able to speak his first words since his transplant -- he said "hello" to his dear wife and told the nurse he had a "headache". While this a small improvement in his health, it is a good sign that Jim's recovery is progressing. This past Sunday, Jim was even able to enjoy the outdoors for the first time in many months.
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January 31, 2016
Wishing you a speedy and full recovery, Jim. We need you back in the saddle in Montgomery County.
Ted and Terry Smusz
January 21, 2016
The Jablonski family sends its best wishes and hopes you will continue to improve, day by day.
Jennifer Jablonski (daughter of the late Henry F. Jablonski, who also served on the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, District D)
January 4, 2016
hang in there, Jim! best of luck getting well soon!