More to the Story with Staley – Chris Hopkins

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — You’ve undoubtedly seen Chris Hopkins on our airwaves. Chris is an investment advisor.

He’s a frequent face on all of our shows, talking finance. But very few of you have seen Chris like this.

“This was it. There was no leaving the hospital. It was one way or another,” said Investment Advisor Chris Hopkins.

You see, back in 1998, at the age of 39, Chris suffered a massive heart attack. This old heart of his was in trouble.

By April of 2019, doctors told him he needed a transplant. If he didn’t receive one, it was the end of the runway.

“My wife and I actually said our goodbyes to one another,” Hopkins said. “We thought this could be it. This could be the end of the story.”

But Chris got lucky. He only had to wait about a week for a matching donor, from a 24-year-old man.

And with that surgery in Nashville, Chris Hopkins became one of only some 3,000 people each year in the U.S. to undergo a heart transplant.

It was a gift, in the nick of time. And it was a new lease on life.

“The emotional experience of just getting out of bed, sitting in a chair with my family. It’s really hard to describe what a great day that was!” said Hopkins.

The 10-year survival rate for heart transplant recipients is roughly 50 percent. But your odds go up dramatically after one year.

Chris is almost four years in. Now 64 years old, he says he feels like 40, and used to feel like 84.

He’s in the gym six days a week. Doing what he does best: living and loving life.

“I’m really lucky to be here. I’m blessed. I have a tremendous responsibility to honor the gift,” Hopkins said. “Every day I get up out of bed and say, ‘what are we going to do today!’ It’s a new day!”

Chris remains active in many local organizations, especially with the Heart Association! He is always raising awareness about the beauty of life. And a healthy heart.

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