Kinston store owner first to receive new heart device in eastern NC

Walton Jones is seen at center with his wife, Vicky, and the two Vidant Medical Center physicians that performed a heart device surgery on him in May. (Ashley Boles/NewsChannel 12)

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - A local store owner has a new lease on life thanks to a heart procedure being offered for the first time here in eastern North Carolina.

The owner of Parrott's General Store in Kinston, Walton Jones, has been battling the effects of heart failure for nearly a decade. He was fitted with a left ventricle assist device - or LVAD - at Vidant Medical Center in May. It circulates his blood, which is something his heart was struggling to do properly on its own.

"We love to keep our patients close to home. Enjoy their quality of life close to home, that's what its all about really," Vidant Medical Center Advanced Heart Failure Director Hassan Alhosaini said. "I think we have a full spectrum of of treatment options."

Jones said the device, which was installed in May, has allowed him to go back to doing some of the same activities he could do before the heart failure diagnosis in 2008.

"Maybe not where I'm unloading feed and stuff like that, but I can do things that say in the last year or so I had not been able to do," he said.

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