Rock the Parkway runner finishes 5k after heart transplant

KSHB | Brian Abel

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Training for a 5k isn't easy for anyone, but Arnold Smyth faced more obstacles than most as he prepared to participate in this year's Rock the Parkway 5k and half marathon.

“I got really sick in 2014," he said. "I was about to start training for Kansas City’s half marathon, and I had a stroke."

While he was in the hospital, doctors discovered Smyth had multiple heart problems stemming from familial heart disease.

“From there it just kind of dropped off a cliff, and by April of that year I could hardly function,” said Smyth.

It was clear Smyth needed a new heart. He was placed on a waiting list in February 2015.

“One of the biggest problem’s for anyone is, there’s always a wait when you know you need an organ,” said Smyth. “You have to get sicker and sicker and sicker before you get to the top of the list.” Continue reading

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