Organization encourages transplant donors, recipients to reach out in November

Matt Castle, an Anacortes resident, owes his quality of life to a heart transplant he received in 2010.
Anacortes resident Matt Castle once went from a healthy active young man to one clinging to life.

He liked surfing, playing basketball and mountain biking, worked in construction, as a cook and as a fisherman. Then, his health began to deteriorate.

He was diagnosed with celiac disease, became lethargic and began coughing up fluid.

Doctors discovered he had an enlarged heart and diagnosed him with congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy.

He received a pacemaker and was put on a waiting list for a new heart.

After four years, his left ventricle stopped working, and he had to use a special device just to get through each day. Continue reading

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