Embry came through the transplant to live an additional 24 years. Only about 50 percent of heart transplant recipients survive after 10 years. During those years, he competed in the international Transplant Olympics, counseled hundreds of cardiac patients about what to expect and even met the family of the young woman who donated her heart to him.
He died in his sleep Sunday night. He was 72.
At Mended Hearts, a peer support group for heart disease patients, Embry told everyone he met the same thing, said Pamela Hudson, the local chapter’s president: “Don’t be so afraid of dying that you forget to live.” Continue reading
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