Bert Janssen, 57, from the Netherlands, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest-surviving heart transplant patient. He was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy after developing flu-like symptoms when he was 17 and received his donor heart in 1984, in an operation led by transplant pioneer Prof Sir Magdi Yacoub. It was the 107th transplant at Harefield Hospital in London, England, which has completed thousands since 1980. Janssen, a married father of two and keen glider pilot, said it felt like an "honor" to have reached the record-breaking milestone.

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