TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 15, 2012 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ — Gregory Welsh, 47, is a compelling example of the life-changing importance of organ donation. Following a car accident in 1996, he made the decision to donate his wife’s organs in hopes of helping others. Fifteen years later, Mr. Welsh’s gift came full circle when he received a donor heart transplant after 120 days of life with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart.
“It’s a miracle I got this heart and I’m going to do everything I can to take care of it,” said Mr. Welsh. “I got a second chance and that means something to me.”
On Jan. 14, 2011, Mr. Welsh went to his local urgent care center with flu-like symptoms. Medical staff discovered he had arrhythmias and a resting heart rate of 190. He was immediately taken to the nearest emergency room by ambulance, but 15 minutes after his arrival, Mr. Welsh went into cardiac arrest.
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