Donor’s dad does home run trot with son’s heart recipient

Not only did the OKC Dodgers join forces with Integris Friday night honoring a local heart transplant recipient, the heart donor’s father joined forces with the heart recipient, running in the sponsored Home Run For Life Friday night.

After the third inning of a game between the OKC Dodgers and the Fresno Grizzlies, (5-2), both teams lined up on the sidelines and high-fived heart recipient Brandi Rutherford of Inola and Ted Keys, the father of donor Teddy L. Keys of Oologah.

Keys, a 21-year-old Oklahoma Army Reserve National Guardsman from Oologah died in a motorcycle accident on April 27, 2015.

Sometime later, Rutherford’s doctors learned she was a match after becoming critically ill with dilated cardiomyopathy - meaning her left ventricle was too stretched out to pump.

She and Keys’ family members came face-to-face sharing stories of grief and happiness a year later, making this encounter another reunion.

The crowd at S. Mickey Mantle Drive also shared in the bitter-sweet moment as they stood to cheer Rutherford and Ted Keys as they made it to first, second and third bases, then on to the home run plate, where Rutherford received a bat. Continue reading

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