Greensboro, NC -- A Burlington woman is getting a second chance at life and it's all because of a pump.
Tonya Moore survived a heart attack at the age of 36, but even with the changes she made, doctors said more was needed Moore's heart condition became worst.
"You never think you are going to end up like this. You never think you are going to be on a list waiting for an organ. You never think you are going to end up wearing batteries every single day," said Moore.
Moore's sickness started in 2006 and she's been a heart transplant list for the past three years.
Now 44-years-old, she underwent surgery for a heart pump in May. And she wears two battery packs on during the day and connects directly to a power source at night. The device is called the Heart-Mate 2. It helps pumps her blood the way it should, as Moore waits for a new heart.
"I'm ready to tackle anything," said Moore, a congestive heart patient at Mose Cone Memorial Hospital.
According to Dr. Peter Van Trigt, Moore's doctor, there are more than 100 people living with the assistance of a heart pump in North Carolina. And her surgery is the first of its kind for Moses Cone Memorial Hospital and is the medical center's first non-transplant procedure.
As for Moore, she's still waiting and hope for a new heart, to move forward with her life.