Local Organ Donation Network Hopes Meteorologist's Heart Transplant Inspires Future Donors

WXXI News | Beth Adams

The head of the local organization that coordinates organ donations believes that WROC-TV meteorologist Scott Hetsko’s recent heart transplant will bring awareness to the need for more organ donors.

"Scott is loved by all of us in Rochester,” said Bob Kochik, executive director of the Finger Lakes Organ Recovery Network. “I think that speaks to his personality and quest for life. I think what it points out is that when we know someone who is waiting or has received a transplant, it increases our awareness."

Hetsko has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. The popular meteorologist has been on leave from his job since June, but had asked viewers to give him and his family some privacy while he received treatment for his failing heart. It wasn't until Sunday night's 11 p.m. broadcast that viewers learned that Hetsko was a heart transplant recipient.

Kochik says the wait for a heart transplant locally is anywhere from a few months to more than a year. Continue reading