Moving Forward


“It all started with a cough,” says Carlos Garcia, who came to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on the recommendation of his cardiologist in 2009. “They told me my heart was very weak and starting to stop. I had a pacemaker put in in 2012, but I still would need a heart transplant. I was tired and couldn’t kneel down or even walk a few steps. I got my transplant on January 23rd, 2018. Now, I feel so much lighter, it’s incredible. The nurses and everyone here are very, very good. They’ve even taken away some of the medications. They told me I would have to take three medications for the rest of my life, but slowly they’ve been diminishing the amount I have to take. UCLA Health encourages you to move forward. Just when you think you can’t go forward, science is a wonder. It’s a beautiful thing.”