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Medical Procedures

Juan Mikel-Jones back at school — and playing football — after heart transplant in January

Juan Mikel-Jones back at school — and playing football — after heart transplant in January

Juan Mikel-Jones is back in school, playing football and getting stronger every day.

This past November, Juan suffered persistent cold-like symptoms and a cough that would not go away. He was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a serious heart condition and doctors said he needed a transplant. He was on the transplant list for only a few weeks before he underwent a successful 14 and a half hour surgery on Jan. 24 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

The community of New Kent rallied around him with donations, fundraisers, cards and the viral social media hashtag #NewKentStrong, which is now used for anyone suffering in the community.

Juan went home...

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