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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Local hockey player is all heart, thanks to organ transplant and pump


FOX 17 | Erica Francis

SPRING LAKE, Mich. -- Tyler Jaenicke has fire in his heart and ice in his veins.

He's a hockey player who was forced to give up the sport because of a heart condition. Now he's finding strength and perspective off the ice.

Jaenicke's heart was set on playing college hockey after graduating from high school five years ago. But during his high school's hockey playoff game, his vision changed.

Then he was faced with the greatest battle of his life.

"I felt really sick and out of breath," said Jaenicke, now 23. "When the cardiologist told me my heart was really weak, I kind of laughed at him. I didn’t believe him."

But Jaenicke's condition was no laughing matter. At just 17 years old, Jaenicke was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a potentially deadly disease of the heart. Continue reading
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