FOX4: Heart Transplant Gives Metro Man Born with Heart Defect a Second Chance at Life

For someone born with a heart condition, life can be filled with compromises. Andrew Widman was born with congenital heart disease, a major heart defect, one that doctors said would require him to have a heart transplant by the age of 20. 

“Transposition of the great arteries, where his aorta and his pulmonary artery were switched at birth,” said Dr. Anthony Magalski, Co-Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure

Widman grew up watching from the sidelines, not being able to run in track or play sports. As an adult, he couldn't even go up the stairs in his own home to tuck his boys in at night, but after his heart transplant, he can now do things he's never done. 

Thanks to the donor, their family, the cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, rehab specialists, technicians and everyone else who was involved in helping Andrew walk up the stairs to kiss his kids goodnight.

Because that is what this is really all about.

The truth is Saint Luke's is one of the regional leaders in congenital heart disease treatment. Click here to learn more about congenital heart disease.

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