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Heart pump surgery offers Valley patients hope
Fresno Bee

A month ago, Jose Zabalza was near death. His enlarged heart was too weak to pump blood to his brain, organs and limbs. Doctors said he had maybe months to live. But that was before Zabalza, 53, had a mechanical heart pump installed the day after Thanksgiving in the first such operation to be done in Fresno. The pump is giving Zabalza a second chance at life.