NJ Baseball Coach Talks About Getting Liver From Former Player Killed In Crash

CBS New York

BERGENFIELD, N.J.(CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey baseball coach is grateful for a second shot at life. He got an unexpected gift from one of his players — a liver transplant.

Baseball coach Ed Mooney has spent the last three decades grooming Little Leaguers in Bergenfield to be good, strong men both on and off he field.

“Being around the kids more than just baseball itself has been the norm. They kinda save my life every day,” he told CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown.

Mooney never imagined how true that would be. Four years ago, coach Mooney was diagnosed with cirrhosis. Last summer, he was put on the waiting list for a liver transplant.