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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Joseph Haskins was born with a broken heart and on Thursday he returned to Baylor Scott & White to see and hold it. For real.​

“It’s huge!” he exclaimed as cardiac pathologist Dr. Bill Roberts unwrapped the preserved, but badly damaged heart that doctors replaced in a transplant operation in September.

It was a day decades in the making.​

Joseph Haskins’ old heart (CBS 11)

“Every day I got stronger and stronger,” says Haskins. “I haven’t felt this good since I was in my late 20s or so.”​

Haskins has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic condition that destroys he connective tissues in his heart. He had a heart murmur at just 9 years old.

After a valve replacement years later, his condition continued to deteriorate. Prior to his transplant he says he became winded just getting dressed, tying his shoes or walking across the room.​

“As I started…

Original published: 2019-04-25 17:50:11 Read the full Dallas News here

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