HOW ROD CAREW LEARNED HIS NEW HEART AND KIDNEY CAME FROM AN NFL PLAYER

BONNER COUNTY DAILY BEE | The Associated Press
How Rod Carew learned his new heart and kidney came from an NFL player 
By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California – The story of how Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew figured out that his new heart and kidney came from NFL player Konrad Reuland is best told through the two people most responsible for solving the mystery.

The lead investigators: Rhonda Carew, Rod’s wife, and Mary Reuland, Konrad’s mom.

Distant acquaintances at first, the women bonded quickly while trying to figure out whether Konrad’s tragic death also helped save Rod’s life.

It all began around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, when the Carews received a call that donor organs had been found. Rod needed them because of a heart attack and subsequent complications.

As they drove to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the Carews called family and friends to share their good news.

Several folks responded with the same strange question: Do you think it’s Konrad Reuland?

The Carews knew of Reuland, an NFL tight end who’d gone to middle school with their kids. Not having heard his name in years, and having plenty of other things on their minds, they let it go.

Early on Dec. 16, Rod was wheeled off to the operating room and Rhonda settled in for the long, tense wait. As she scrolled through her texts and emails, she kept seeing references to Reuland, so she Googled him. Continue reading

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