Tufts Medical Center Performs Two Heart Transplants In Same Day

CBS BOSTON | Dr. Mallika Marshall

BOSTON (CBS) – Performing an organ transplant takes a lot of staff and a lot of coordination. One local hospital completed two simultaneous heart transplants earlier this year and it may be a first time in New England.

Two strangers met for the first time, but they will always share a special bond.

Three years ago, Orrin Reed of Candia, N.H. contracted a virus that permanently damaged his heart.

Six years ago, Delphine Andrews of Randolph developed heart failure that runs in her family. Both were on the transplant list and both received the call.

Reed says when his wife came into the room and said the transplant doctor was on the phone he felt like he was going to be sick with excitement.

“I thought I was going to throw up,” he admits.

Andrews recalls the moment when the phone rang and the doctor on the other end said they had a heart for her. “You do?!” she asked. Continue reading 

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