It was nearly five weeks ago that the Lynn Jets hockey coach suffered a near-fatal heart attack while snowmobiling on Lake Sokokis in Limerick, Maine. Although he still has a few mountains to climb in terms of his recovery, the biggest being the need for a heart transplant, he's making progress thanks to a heart pump that circulates blood to the left side of his heart.
"I have three pounds of titanium in my chest," Melanson said. "From what I understand, there are only 4,000 of these in the world. I was fortunate to be able to receive one and to have the people who had the expertise to put it in and get it to work."
Melanson is still at Maine Medical Center in Portland, the hospital he was taken to following the heart attack, but in a telephone interview he said he's hoping to return to Massachusetts to continue his rehabilitation at Youville Hospital and Rehabilitation Center
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Al is a great guy and sure hope that he gets better soon, my thoughts and prayers go out to him,his wife Nancy and the entire Melanson family.