3 years after heart transplant, a father will see his son marry

From left, Salvatore Presitigacomo Jr., his wife Shelley, future daughter-in-law Kristin Giordano, and son Salvatore III said it was important to give back to a charity that helps people in need of transplants. (Staten Island Advance/Paul Liotta)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Doctors told Salvatore Prestigiacomo III, 62, of Sunnyside, that half his heart was dead in November, 2012.

Over the next three months he underwent several surgeries, the entire time his family unsure of what would happen.

Then at the end of January 2013, they got the call that a heart was available. Doctors successfully performed the transplant, and saved his life, his family said.

"We never really discussed what happens if he doesn't get the heart, because at that point he was so bad, he was top of the list to get the heart," Prestigiacomo's wife, Shelley, said. "It was pretty much either that or nothing." Continue reading
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