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Gay Eberhart
Heart Transplant 5th April 2000
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Gay EberhartMy name is Gay Eberhart (43 yrs old) and I am a heart recipient (4-05-00). I am a healthy and very physically fit person pre and post transplant. This was my saving grace that I was in such good shape.

I was gradually gaining weight with no explanation. My eating habits were the same. I was tired all the time. My doctors attributed this to my hypothyroidism. This went on for more than a year…(weight gain, fatigue until one week in February 2000. My condition went downhill fast. I was gaining a pound a day and was not eating. I thought I had the flu. I started up the stairs and felt out of breath with chest pains. I knew I was in trouble then. I went to the doctor and he sent me straight to the hospital. My artery in my neck was protruding and pounding which was very visible. I thought it was going to pop out of my neck. At first the hospital thought I had a heart attack. Numerous tests were given and it was discovered that the right side of my heart was not functioning properly. This is why I was gaining so much weight. The fluids in my body were building up, as the heart was not pumping properly. I was in and out of testing for the next month in Riverside Hospital. It was then determined that I needed a defibulator surgically implanted to help regulate the heart. One was implanted and I still was declining rapidly and feeling worse everyday. I was released from the hospital but had to call an ambulance, as I needed to return to the hospital. I was retaining too many fluids and was drowning. I was told on March 21 2000 (my 42nd birthday) HAPPY BIRTHDAY…. I needed a new heart that nothing further could be done for me. I was in shock to say the least! I was transported by ambulance to the University Hospital of Cleveland. I was there one week for extensive testing to prepare me to be put on the recipient list. Day by day I was deteriorating and was told that I would have to be put on a heart machine because mine was not functioning, as it should. The day came after being transported to Cleveland I was put on the list. My transplant coordinator came to my room 45 minutes later and said “WE HAVE FOUND YOU A HEART”

I was once again in total shock and thought I was dreaming. I have never heard of only waiting 45 minutes. I was really sick and was bumped to the top of the list for my blood type, which was a more rare type. It was a true miracle because the very next day I was scheduled for the heart pump machine.

The surgery took five hours (started at midnight the 5th and was over at 5:00am) the doctors told my husband and my father that by the looks of the old heart that I would not have lasted on the heart pump machine. I thank my lucky stars and angels everyday for a second chance at life.

“I AM A BETTER PERSON TODAY BECAUSE OF WHAT I HAVE GONE THROUGH

I AM BETTER EMOTIONALLY, RELATIONSHIP WISE AND SPIRITUALLY

AND I HAVE LEARNED WHAT TRUE SUCCESS IS IN LIFE”



Mike Doyle
Heart Transplant Apr 1998

Mike Doyle

"Come off it doctor, there'e nothing wrong with my heart"

18 months later Mike had his transplant

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