Lumberjack recovers with titanium heart

 It was a scary moments for Andrew Mattison one month ago when he collapsed on the job at the Lumberjack Feud.

Andrew Mattison is able to walk around greeting co-workers at the Lumberjack Feud less than a month after having heart surgery. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It was a scary moments for Andrew Mattison one month ago when he collapsed on the job at the Lumberjack Feud.

The 26 year-old suffered from bleeding around his heart, but it took some investigation by to find out what was actually wrong with him.

"I was actually sending emails, and I hit enter and my head hit the keyboard. It was like something just gave way and I collapsed," said Mattison. "Everything was fine. I had great blood pressure, my pulse was strong and great. So all my vital signs said nothing was going on. But everything else past that was self destructing pretty much."
Mattison was rushed into surgery and doctors rebuilt his heart and arteries with titanium.

"These guys are great, they replaced almost all the arteries around my heart. Pretty much everything from here to here is brand new," he said.

Now he's back up and walking, recovering faster than doctors expected. He expects to be back at work next week.
"The first thing I thought when I woke up is this a dream, and still is really sure all about what happened," said Mattison. "It's kind of strange to be honest with you. I say it's like a watch I can literally hear it in the back of my head all the time."

Doctors say once he's healed from surgery he'll be able to resume a normal life.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 213220131 - local8now.com/a?a=213220131