Simsbury High Football Player Returns to the Field After Life-Saving Heart Transplant

NBC Connecticut | Matt Austin

Simsbury High School junior and football player Danny Deitz returned to the field almost one month after a lifesaving operation.

Deitz was not playing and instead was named an honorary captain, taking the center of the field for the coin toss before the game. Family, friends, and teammates welcomed the 17-year-old back.

“I’m ecstatic because like I missed him so much and he’s a close friend to me. And now that’s he’s back it’s just awesome,” says Sean Penney, a Simsbury High School junior.

Nearly one-month ago, Deitz traveled to Boston Children’s Hospital for a heart transplant and a second chance at life. Doctors had determined his heart was enlarged and causing him complications.

Originally, Deitz had prepared for a long wait for a transplant but that wait ended after just two months. Continue reading