The Daily Record | Amanda Rolik
They are part of the LVAD/Heart Transplant Support Group of the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital at The Ohio State University. Member Mike Wigal of West Salem took the initiative to organize the retreat for the group to which he has grown close since his heart transplant two years ago.
Since the group only meets for one hour at a time, Wigal decided to organize the weekend, which happens to fall during heart awareness month, so that the group could spend more quality time together. They enjoyed touring the area and going out for a group dinner Saturday night.
For Wigal, the journey to receiving a heart transplant began when he went in for knee surgery in 2000. At that time, his anesthesiologist noticed an abnormality on his EKG. He was referred to a cardiologist and eventually diagnosed with cardio myopathy.