Heart transplant patient graduates from Radio and Television program
Four years after undergoing heart transplant surgery, David Adomako-Ansah is graduating from NAIT’s Radio and Television program. To say the 23 year old has overcome some obstacles to get to this point would be an understatement.
In 2006, while in his last year at Archbishop MacDonald High School, Adomako-Ansah was diagnosed with lupus, an auto-immune disease, and later, cardiomyopathy. Adomako-Ansah spent almost two years on a Berlin Heart EXCOR pediatric ventricular assist device, which supports the pumping function of a weakened heart, before receiving a heart transplant in February 2009.
He always wanted to be a journalist, and in 2011 came closer to realizing that dream when he entered the Radio and Television program. He currently has an internship at CTV Edmonton.
“The advice I give to the people I encounter nowadays is that before something like this ever happens to you, or somebody you know, go out and give everything you do 100 per cent effort,” said Adomako-Ansah. “Don’t worry about what others say, just give it your all, because you just never know. I think that in situations like mine, and with every successful journey, you need the support of the people close to you in order for you to start believing in yourself.”
Adomako-Ansah is also strong believer in giving back. He is the founder and president of Dunk On Disease. The foundation raises money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital through various events, including an annual charity basketball tournament and silent auction. Since 2008 the foundation has raised over $10,000.
NAIT's 50th Convocation is held on Friday, May 10 (6:30 p.m.) and Saturday, May 11 (8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) at The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 - 87 Ave. More than 7,100 students will graduate this year.
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Adomako-Ansah will be at the Saturday morning convocation ceremony.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year concludes its 50th anniversary celebrations.
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