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My second first breath
The call came on the morning of December 31, 2015. At this time, Klaus-Dieter Maas living in the Eifel region in Germany was 30 years old. The doctors had given him a maximum of twelve months to live. Still, up until this point there had been nothing unusual about this day: he was in hospital - as he so often was. The antibiotics were not working - as they so often did. His lungs were severely affected - as it had been the case for a long time now. When his mobile phone rang, it was 9.00 am. Klaus looked at the display. He didn’t recognize the number. Was this the phone call he’d been waiting for the past eight months? As he answered a voice said, "Mr. Maas, we have a lung for you. Are you ready?"
The Heart – small muscle, lots of movement
Our heart is a wonder in endurance. In a life span of 80 years, it beats some three-billion times. It’s never allowed to take a break though, because even a small stuttering can be life threatening. Xiaoqian, the protagonist of this year’s annual report, knows all about what you should do to keep your heart healthy.