Heart transplant leads to true change of heart for 73-year-old KC man once told he had no hope

FOX 4 KC | Abby Eden

Sitting in the survivor seat, local man now giving back to his community

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- We are just two days into February, which is American Heart Month.

As part of Heart Month, St. Luke's Health System is honoring a heart patient with a special seat at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.

Dr. Michael Borkon met Kamal Mikhail in April 2012 at his very worst.

"Consideration at that point was being given to end of life care and hospice," Dr. Borkon said.

Mikhail's heart had failed, and most doctors had given up on him, but Dr. Borkon saw him as a candidate for a heart transplant.

"In 64 hours from the time that they decided they were going to transplant me, they had a heart," Mikhail said.

After weeks of being on his literal death-bed, Mikhail got the best possible news, he had the chance to live another day. Continue reading