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Monday, May 16, 2016

Franklin County native a double-transplant organ pioneer


Randy K. Marlow and partner Lisa Salerno Black, post-surgery, hold a pillow given to cardiovascular surgery patients at the Mayo Clinic. Patients can hold it over their chest when they need to cough or sneeze, and it eases the pain from the surgical incision and the staples in their sternum.

Randy K. Marlow doesn’t know who it was who gave him his life back.

Perhaps the answer to that question — exactly who provided the new heart and liver now vigorously pumping and filtering his blood — will come another day.

But Mr. Marlow, 48, can wait. The ability to wait is something the Franklin County native perfected in a Minnesota hospital.

Through an intermediary, Mr. Marlow, a native of Bombay and a 1986 graduate of Salmon River Central School in Fort Covington sent a letter to the family of the person who gave him the gift of life. Continue reading

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