It was so tragic to learn that Kimbo Slice died while allegedly waiting for a heart transplant. A specialist has told HollywoodLife.com everything you need to know about congestive heart failure, and what a heart transplant entails. Click through for the details!
MMA legend Kimbo Slice, 42, died on June 6 from after reportedly suffering from a “liver mass and congestive heart failure,” and was in desperate need of a heart transplant. HollywoodLife.com wanted to know more about the condition that allegedly took Kimbo’s life, and the subsequent necessity for a heart transplant, so Dr. Bruce Lee, M.D., told us all about it EXCLUSIVELY!
“Congestive heart failure is when the muscle becomes weak and it can’t effectively pump blood throughout the body, thus a heart transplant may be required,” Dr. Lee told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Many people have congestive heart failure and they can be effectively treated with medication, but if the heart is too severely damaged than the heart will not survive.”
Kimbo was admitted to Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Ohio on June 3, complaining of “severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath and nausea,” according to SunSentinel. Shortly after being admitted, he was placed on a ventilator in the ICU. Kimbo was allegedly being moved to another hospital in Cleveland on June 6, where he was going to be placed on the organ transplant list, but died that same night. Doctors allegedly assessed that Kimbo’s need for a transplant was immediate, but according to Dr. Lee, he may not have been saved in time because of the long wait time.
“The average time to get a heart transplant is about four months,” Dr. Lee told us. “In some cases it could be even longer. There’s a large demand for heart transplants. In fact, there are some 150,000 people right now waiting for a heart transplant and there are strict rules whether you can qualify or not. It’s a complicated process.”
HollywoodLifers, were you shocked by Kimbo’s sudden death? Tell us in the comments!