Mohawk Valley Man 'On the Ropes,' Gets New Heart


Herkimer County resident Jim Pugliese has seen young boxers take incredible blows and rally for a win in the ring. You could say he’s experienced the same situation. The 64-year-old Mohawk Valley man suffered heart failure and received a new heart, a second chance at life, two weeks ago at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital.

“I’m so grateful for my future,” said the Utica native. He now lives in Herkimer with his wife, Donna. “I worried that I’d run out of time before a new heart came,” he said. Pugliese worked for many years as a boxing manager

UR Medicine Chief of Cardiac SurgerySunil Prasad, M.D., performed the life-saving surgery Dec. 29 at Strong Memorial, which offers Upstate New York’s only comprehensive heart failure and transplant program. Continue reading