Transplant recipient's life beats anew

Columbus Telegram | Julie Blum

Scott Flyr, pictured with his wife Misty, underwent a heart transplant earlier this year. A benefit will be held for the family Nov.

COLUMBUS — Scott Flyr hopes the days of utter exhaustion are behind him.

He would get so tired and out of breath that even the simplest of tasks wore him down. Carrying a laundry basket up a flight of stairs, playing catch with his kids and walking the aisles of a grocery shopping were difficult.

The 44-year-old was suffering from a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The diagnosis came 14 years earlier when it was discovered the walls of Scott’s heart had thickened, making it difficult for the muscle to pump blood. He was put on medication to manage the condition, which worked well for a number of years. But that changed when he turned 40 and began feeling constantly fatigued and winded.

Scott was sent to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he and his wife, Misty, received news they weren’t expecting. They thought Scott would be given a new medication to help his condition, instead they were told he was going to need a heart transplant. Continue reading