LOS ANGELES (AP) A Japanese manga author who went on a hunger strike for his heart last year has been revived after receiving a second heart transplant, his family said.
Yoshiaki Takayama, 38, was hospitalized in May for two months because of his severe heart condition and was treated in Japan.
His family said he had been receiving treatment for heart problems at the University of Southern California and the University Hospital of Tokyo.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the hospital said Takayami’s condition had improved in the past month.
Takayama was diagnosed with a rare condition called atrial fibrillation.
In it, the heart is pumping more or less continuously without pumping enough blood to sustain the blood flow.
The condition is extremely rare in Japan, where people usually die of heart failure at the age of 50 or older.
His condition has not been confirmed.