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A high-tech mechanical pump keeps this ‘Iron Man’ alive

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A high-tech mechanical pump keeps this ‘Iron Man’ alive
Morgan Latte family

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Married at the PMCC, Morgan Latta lives with a life-saving ventricular assist device as he awaits word on transplant eligibility

Morgan Latta has turned the tables on the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) and the leading-edge treatment it provides to thousands of people across Canada and around the world – he gave away his heart there.

"We got married there," says Mr. Latta, 33, relaxing at home with his 14-month-old son, Theo.

"We were supposed to get married in the atrium at the centre, where I was admitted. It's gorgeous. But in my condition, I wasn't allowed to leave the room. They kind of put me under house arrest."

The reason for Mr. Latta's temporary incarceration was to save his life. Mr. Latta was married in a dignified, low-key ceremony in his hospital room at the PMCC, attended by his medical team and accompanied, as he is at all times, by his ventricular assist device (VAD), the high-tech mechanical pump that keeps him alive while he awaits a possible transplant.