Two High School Football Coaches With Ailing Hearts Team Up To Recruit Organ Donors

Medical Daily | Ed Cara

For Bryan Fisher and David Priestley, it isn’t just their careers as high school football coaches that make them kindred spirits, it’s their hearts. Literally.

As reported by news affiliate WSBT-22 , the two Indiana residents were both the not-so-proud owners of a failing heart — a severe enough health problem that it required them to obtain a new heart from a donor in order to stave off eventual death.

Fisher, the freshman football coach at Northridge High School, reached out for support on Facebook after finding out that he would need a heart transplant, and soon received a phone call from Priestley, himself the freshman football coach at Lakeland High School.

Fisher had been dealing with his own heart problems, and according to WANE , was about to undergo the same procedure that allowed Priestley to receive a ventricular assist device (VAD), which is used to support a failing heart for a short period of time until transplantation is possible.

“He helped me out after I had my LVAD surgery because he had his first,” Fisher told WANE. “He gave me some tips and really inspired me and let me know I could get back to a normal life after that surgery.” Continue reading