Lumberjack recovers with titanium heart

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.

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