I’m not sure if having two hearts means someone can break one and then you still have another one to love again…but check out this wild story of a man that gets a transplant and ends up with TWO hearts.


Tyson Smith, a 36-year-old San Diego man with an enlarged heart, received a heterotopic heart transplantation or “piggyback” transplant, essentially adding another heart to his weak one, allowing the pair to share the work. Tyson’s original heart was so weak doctors thought he had only a month to live, and he was sleeping up to 20 hours per day, according to CBS 8.

Smith’s doctor, who has been performing heart transplants for 30 years, has only performed this procedure five times.

Dr. Jack Copeland, director of cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at UC San Diego Health System, says that the procedure increases patients life-expectancy to 10 years, according to Fox News.

Incredibly, the procedure also saved a tremendous amount of the cost. While a regular transplant would cost close to $500,000, the “piggyback” operation cut the price to $100,000, according to CBS 8.