November 2, 2015 will mark my six-year heart transplant anniversary. My Tampa General transplant team counts the years, but I count the grandchildren. With the birth of future sumo wrestler, Cameron Doolittle, I have now met five (of ten) grandchildren that I might not have met without the gift of a second life. How blessed […]
Ben Pollara July 28, 1927 – May 10, 2015 When I think of Ben, I want to laugh, have one more cocktail, watch that brain in action. In fact, when Tampa came up as a possibility for a transplant, I contacted Ben, who had relocated to Tampa General Hospital. It was Ben who gave me […]
Two-time heart transplant recipient, Erik Compton, a member of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour, a highly competitive calling.
As of July, 19 2013, there were 3,558 patients on heart transplant wait lists across the US.
In 2012, 2,378 persons in the US received a heart transplant.
From January 1 through April 30, 2013, 783 heart transplants were performed.
If you are waiting for a new heart, you realize that you have little control over when the call for heart transplant will come. For me, it became part of my routine to periodically view the statistics about my region and my actual center. Anyone can see how many persons are on the wait list […]