Dutchess man recalls life-saving organ donation

Poughkeepsie Journal | Abbott Grant

Patrick Adams didn’t smoke. He didn’t have a history of heart disease, and he enjoyed playing basketball three times a week. He was a healthy man. His heart was fine.

And then suddenly, it wasn’t.

Abruptly diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia and cardiomyopathy four years ago, the 55-year-old’s heart began beating 200 beats per minute. Still, he wasn’t worried about dying.

He was in denial, he said.

Until he found out he needed a heart transplant to live.

“It was probably the last few weeks were I was getting so bad, that I even realized,” said Adams, co-owner of Adams Fairacre Farms. “It was scary that it is out of your control. You’re just hoping that people will sign up to be organ donors. It just hits you all at once how dependent you are on others.” Continue reading