Scott’s Story

When Scott’s right ventricle suddenly gave out, his doctors had to scramble to save his life — and the Total Artificial Heart was the only technology that would help him. Watch his inspiring story.

Before Scott Holloman’s right ventricle gave out, he had no reason to think anything was amiss with his heart — until he suddenly collapsed while on the phone with a friend.

When Scott arrived at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, he was “about as sick as one could be without being dead,” explained Dr. Jaime Moriguchi, the Cedars-Sinai Medical Director. The hospital was almost entirely out of options to save his life; only the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart would offer him more time.

Scott didn’t wake up from his coma and surgery until about a month and a half after his collapse, and during that time, his daughter Amanda worried about how he would react when he woke up. “He wasn’t conscious to help us make that decision, so I wasn’t sure if that would be something that he wanted,” she said.

Fortunately, Scott was overjoyed to wake up and find that the Freedom Driver offered him more mobility, independence, and time at home and with his loved ones. “I have nothing bad to say about this machine,” he said. “I get to be out of the hospital, I get to be home…It’s really the Freedom Driver.”

Currently, Scott is still awaiting a new heart, but Dr. Moriguchi feels confident about his odds of getting a transplant soon — an occasion Scott says he’ll celebrate with a juicy steak. Learn more about Scott by watching his video: