‘Future is brighter than ever’ – Simsbury teen opens up about heart transplant that saved his life

FOX 61 | Jenn Bernstein
SIMSBURY -- They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That a single image can relay a person's essence, strength, determination, struggle. Danny Deitz knows it all, and his scar has a story.

Senior year at Simsbury High School is a time for friends, football, and fun. But through the eyes of this 18-year-old, that experience is more precious.

"I think I see life in a very special way that a lot of people my age don't get to see it," Danny said. "I realize how easily something could be taken away."

Two years ago, Danny was living the life of a normal teenager at Simsbury High.

"Danny is a very happy-go-lucky young man, very engaged in life," said Jeff Pinney, Simsbury High School’s Athletic Director.

"We all looked up toward Danny," said Alex Haggerty, Danny’s friend and teammate. An athlete, Danny like to compete, and excelled in football and lacrosse. But that spring something didn’t feel quite right. Continue reading
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