ATLANTA -- Michael Haynes is diligently training for his first AJC Peachtree Road Race. In addition to jogging in his Riverdale neighborhood, he has a routine of lifting weights and cross training.
He planned to run the 10k last year. Instead he watched on TV, from his hospital room.
"I had come to find out that fluid was building up on my lungs because my heart wasn't beating strong enough," Haynes said.
In fact, Michael's condition was dire.
"It felt like a gorilla was on my back," he said.
He needed a new heart.
Admitted Valentine's Day 2011, with a broken heart, he passed the time with family and friends and by putting together puzzles. Doctors, nurses and patients signed the boards wishing him well.