After heart transplant, Janesville family adjusts to parenthood


ANGELA MAJOR.   Jordan Dyer, left, his wife, Heather, right, and their new baby, Hadley Ann sit together. The Dyer family faced a unique challenge when Jordan underwent heart transplant surgery just before his daughter was born.

JANESVILLE—It's not often a new parent brings home a new baby and a new heart.

Jordan Dyer of Janesville did so in November, when he and his wife took home their first child a month after Jordan had heart transplant surgery.

Dyer, 36, was born with a congenital heart defect called transposition of the great arteries. His pulmonary artery and aorta were switched, meaning his blood did not get oxygenated properly, he said.

He underwent 11 heart surgeries in the past, though Dyer never felt like he faced any physical restrictions while growing up. But last year when he became severely out of breath during routine tasks, he knew something more serious was happening.

While awaiting a donor match in October, Dyer told The Gazette doctors had given him two options: a short-term mechanical heart or a full heart transplant. Continue reading