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Man battles serious heart condition
Virgil Meighan looks out the front door as he sits inside his home south of Monroe, with life partner Sheila Moore behind, Tuesday. Straps hang from Meighan's neck and shoulders, holding batteries and a controller connected to an interior left ventricular assist device (LVAD) that helps move blood throughout his body. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - A Monroe man with a irreparably detrimental heart condition will have a benefit for his family Nov. 15. Virgil Meighan, 49, has had bits and pieces of metal attached to his heart ever since he had a stroke in 2005. His heart is kept pumping with the assistance of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), an electronic device attached to Meighan's left ventricle to assist moving blood throughout his body.