New heart allows continuation of life well lived

GREEN BAY PRESS GAZETTE | Nathan Phelps
Mark Massoglia and his girlfriend, Jodee Boyd, in their home in Wisconsin Rapids.(Photo: Tyler Rickenbach/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)
STEVENS POINT - KISS and AC/DC were the soundtrack to Mark Massoglia’s heart transplant

He’d lived years with a degenerative heart condition. Pacemakers and ventricle assistance devices helped keep him alive. Doctors told him he’d need a new heart. Like hundreds of thousands of other Americans, he was put on a waiting list for a transplant.

That waiting ended eight years ago today.

The middle-of-the night call from Madison told him a suitable donor had been found, but he and his parents would have to leave Stevens Point immediately to make a pre-dawn arrival at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

“At 2:50 a.m. we got a call and my mom came into the bedroom and said ‘It’s UW. What could they want at this time?’ It was … my transplant coordinator,’” Massoglia said. “She said ‘Mark we have a heart… you need to be down here by 5 a.m.’ I said OK."

He spent the car ride listening to heavy metal. “I put the iPod on AC/DC and KISS and rocked out the whole time,” Massoglia, 48, said. Continue reading
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