Fort Lee Patch | Erik Wander
A period of a few days in Fort Lee that started with a tragic incident involving the death of a high school student turned a little brighter just days later as one family learned that their 15-year-old son would receive the heart transplant he so desperately needed.
Johnny Damato was born with what his mother Rita Damato previously described as “an extremely rare congenital heart disease” called Corrected Transposition of the Great Vessels and needed a heart transplant.
At Thursday’s Fort Lee Mayor and Council meeting, Mayor Mark Sokolich, with whom the youth has maintained a close relationship for years, said Johnny received that heart the previous day.
“He got that phone call on Tuesday night at around seven o’clock that a heart became available,” said Sokolich. “And thanks to the escort that was immediately put together by the Fort Lee Police Department, he received a new heart over the course of a 10-hour operation [Wednesday] at Mt. Sinai.”
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