Knock Me Over With a Feather


"When you are on the other side, you feel like you’ve won,” says 72-year-old John Babcock, who received a heart transplant at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in 2018. “I have hope now, and I didn’t have that before. My story started in 2013 with an arrhythmia in my heart. I came to UCLA Health in July of 2017 and waited at home for almost nine months. When I got the call that said ‘Come to the hospital, we identified a heart for you,’ you could have knocked me over with a feather. I wasn’t expecting it. The team here is so dedicated. I wouldn’t have survived without them. It takes such a huge team of people to do something as wonderful as a heart transplant. I feel so grateful."