Nebraska surgeon performs three successful heart transplants in 34 hours


OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) In the organ transplant business, someone often has to die for someone else to live. No one knows that better than these men. They have new hearts, filled with gratitude for the strangers who helped them.

“I wish I could meet the people. That’s my goal is to meet them. I want to thank them," said Harvey Brandy of Omaha.

“They’re going to get a 'Thank You' from me,” said Curt Spethman of Omaha.

It’s a good sign, a month ago, no one was making plans; the future was uncertain. Fifty-seven-year-old Harvey Brandy was bed-ridden and his heart operating at 10 percent.

“Couldn’t walk or do nothing but lay there and moan and groan," said Brandy.

"Were you good at it?" asked reporter Brian Mastre.

"Yep – I kept the nurse on the move,” replied Brandy.

Twenty-four-year-old Luke Kollars’ heart was in even worse shape. Only later did he hear how dire his situation was. Continue reading
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