Transplant games begin in Cleveland Transplant recipient thrives after surgery

WKYC | Wale Aliyu

A big event with an even bigger cause is kicking off in Downtown Cleveland.

WKYC is a proud partner of the the Transplant Games, which will bring in an estimated $5 millon to 10 million to the area.

About 6,000 people from across the country are here. The Transplant Games feature people who donated or who received donated organs.

One of which was Kathy Iliff. Twenty-six years ago she received a heart transplant because her heart was too big.

"I was getting sick," she said. "I had cardiomyopathy witch is a vital infection of your heart and makes your heart enlarged. I was in and out of the hospital a lot and the doctor said the only way I was going to get better was to get a heart transplant."

After waiting two months doctors found a heart.

"The heart came from a 19-year-old boy who lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was determined to be brain-dead from a motorcycle accident the day after Christmas and it was almost a perfect match," said her husband Walt. Continue reading
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