Celebration set for veteran, transplant recipient

Steve Van Meter is pictured following his double lung transplant last year.
POMEROY — “At midnight, the doctors called and they had two new lungs for me. That’s my new birthday now.”

Steve Van Meter says he expected to wait several years to receive an organ transplant, even though his diagnosis gave him only weeks to live.

As his lungs began to fail in early 2016, Ohio State doctors raced to “find plan B.”

Van Meter has been a registered organ donor since a two year stint in the Marine Corps. in the early seventies, but despite this, “Before you’re sick, you don’t really pay too much attention to transplants.”

Mary Gilmore, who organizes events for the Van Meter’s Meigs High School Class of 1970, says the life saving surgery that followed has been an inspiration.

“He is really deserving, although he will say he wasn’t. Medically, emotionally, he understands every day is a gift. And he is really someone who lives every day the fullest. We can all learn from that,” said Gilmore. Continue reading

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