For two transplant recipients, support and timing are at the heart of friendship

Buffalo News | Henry Davis

Frank Pluta, left, and Jerry Galuszka both received heart transplants at University of Rochester Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Frank Pluta and Jerry Galuszka liken their heart transplants to daunting, frightening journeys.

But along the way they reaped an unexpected reward.

They forged a friendship through their shared medical emergencies.

Their story is one of coincidences.

Pluta was a muscular 52-year-old scale technician in the fall of 2010 when he suffered a massive heart attack at his Hamburg home.

Galuszka, a West Seneca resident who’s now 64 years old, was working at Northtown Toyota one day in 2012 when suddenly he could barely breathe.

Before long, both men would be put on the waiting list for new hearts. Continue reading