Heart and Vascular
Kenneth Lovering is originally from Boston, but he came to the Pine Belt area 11 years ago and fell in love with the way of life and kindness of the residents. As a lifelong animal lover, his land and ranch in Lumberton, MS gives him the space to raise horses and care for cats and dogs.
However, it was becoming difficult for Kenneth to perform tasks in his daily routine such as walking to the mailbox, or feeding his horses, without becoming easily winded and short of breath. As a previous recipient of five bypasses, open-heart surgery was unlikely at Kenneth’s age. Doctors told Kenneth about a new procedure Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which was likely to improve his situation. Forrest General was the first hospital in Hattiesburg to offer the procedure, and Kenneth agreed to be one of the first patients.
“My daughter lives in Boston, and she wanted me to come there to have the procedure. I told her about my doctors and that I trusted them and I only wanted them to perform it.” Kenneth’s daughter came down from Boston for his surgery. When she left the next week she told him that he couldn’t have gotten better care anywhere else, and she was so impressed with his doctors, the facilities and the staff as a whole.
“It meant the world to me to have her approval and for her to tell me, ‘Dad, you were right.’”
Kenneth completed his cardiac rehabilitation at Forrest General’s LiveWell Center, and is back to caring for his two horses, PJ and Serenity, as well as his five dogs and two cats. He thanks the Forrest General cardiac team for helping him return to the life he loves.