What if Rod Carew got your heart?


Are you a registered organ donor? Because you should be.

Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty ImagesOn September 20th, 2015, baseball legend Rod Carew suffered a massive heart attack. Although the type he suffered is often called a “widow-maker”, Rod survived. He was then kept alive by a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) surgically implanted in his ailing heart. The LVAD is a temporary (and basically only) solution for someone who needs a heart transplant.

Sir Rodney (as my Mom calls him), received his heart transplant yesterday, along with a new kidney. The Twins released the following statement earlier today:

The entire Minnesota Twins family is happy to report thatRod Carew had a successful heart and kidney transplant surgery today at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and is expected to make a full recovery. After a 13-hour procedure that started shortly after midnight Pacific time, Rod is resting in recovery. We ask that all of Twins Territory and the entire baseball community keep Rod, his wife Rhonda, and the entire Carew family in your thoughts and prayers as Rod recovers."

The 71-year-old Carew suffered a heart attack on September 20, 2015 and shortly thereafter had a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted in his heart, which was a temporary solution to keep his heart pacing. The seven-time American League batting champion and first-ballot Hall of Famer later partnered with the Twins on the "Heart of 29" campaign, a year-long effort to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Continue reading