IamA 21 year old male who has just survived pioneering heart surgery, partially down to all of your support - AMA!
So, continuing from http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1tmobi/iama_i_am_a_21_year_old_male_currently_two_days/.compact - here I am!
I am pleased to say that the operation was a complete success; my surgeon has reported an "excellent" clearing of the clots (apparently a very rare occurrence) and my procedure has been completely curative. I won't be needing any more heart/lung surgeries in later life on the basis that I keep fit and look after myself.
I will be getting a picture of the clots they removed either today or tomorrow, but for now I'm holed up in a recovery ward, have had 3 days worth of morphine and my chest drains taken out (they totally squelch)
But here I am!
EDIT: here are the clots!