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N4T Investigators: Tucson father recovering from pacemaker surgery

We have an update on a story the News 4 Tucson Investigators brought you last month, about a Tucson man who was facing an unexpected surgery to deal with a dying battery in his pacemaker.

He is now back home and healing, but his road to recovery has not been all that smooth.

“The stress levels have definitely been the major portion. Just having to pay bills; having to take care of myself and my daughter,” said Tucson father, Chris Young.

For Young, the past several months have been especially difficult.

It was around Easter when his doctor told him he would need to have surgery to replace his pacemaker because the device’s battery was *not* lasting as long as expected.

Instead of ten or 12 years – it’s closer to six.

“If I didn’t have to have the surgery, I wouldn’t have to go through this at all. It’s definitely the number one cause for my financial problems at the moment.”

At just 25-years-old, Young suffers from a congenital heart problem.

He has been living with a pacemaker and internal cardiac defibrillator – or ICD – implanted inside his body since he was 19.

“I can’t do anything like I used to be able to do. I used to go out and do everything normally.”

Young said recovering from last month’s surgery has been tough, and it’s meant making sacrifices to take care of his daughter.

“I have to keep up with her, but I have to either lift her with my right arm or try to avoid lifting her in general,” Young told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

For now, Young said he’s grateful for his doctor and for support from the community via his GoFundMe page, as he continues to heal.

“It’s helped me out tremendously, and I just wanted to thank everybody for their support, and their continued support throughout this whole situation.”

If you have something you would like the News 4 Tucson Investigators to investigate, email us at or call the News 4 Tucson Investigators tip-line at (520)955-4444.

Paul Birmingham

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