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Waiting for a new heart
FCHS graduate placed on transplant list in April
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Courtesy Photo: Phillip Adams is on the list for a heart transplant. He is pictured above with his two dogs, Sophie and Bubbles.

Monday, May 27, 2013

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Former Franklin County resident Phillip Adams is waiting for a new heart.

Martha Sullivan, Adams' sister, said her brother is 42 and was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2004.

Between 2004 and 2012, Adams' condition was mostly stable, she said. But in November 2012, his condition deteriorated rapidly and he was hospitalized at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

"A Left Ventricle Assist Device (LVAD) was implanted at that time to help restore Phillip's health," Sullivan said. "Since recovering from this surgery, Phillip has been able to enjoy life again, including spending quality time with his family and friends. He is a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Salem."

Adams graduated in 1989 from Franklin County High School and in 1994 from Ferrum College.

Sullivan said he has worked in the environmental and microbiological fields since that time.

"Phillip is very outgoing and loves the outdoors," she said. "Prior to his being diagnosed with the heart condition, he enjoyed activities like hiking, surfing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and snowboarding at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia."

"With a new heart, Phillip plans to someday enjoy these outdoor activities once again," she added.

Adams was placed on the heart transplant list in April 2013.

Sullivan said the Phillip A. Adams Heart Transplant Fund has been set up at Carter Bank & Trust in Salem and is currently accepting donations. Donations to the fund can be made at any Carter Bank, she added.

Adams has two children, daughter Kasey, 15, and son Bailey, 12.

Sullivan said their parents are Ivey and Dolly Adams, adding that Ivey Adams was pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Sontag from 1988-1999.

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