Heart transplant

Man Who Received Heart Transplant Meets Surgical Team One Year Later

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — A year ago today, a man from Waunakee, Wis., came to Milwaukee for life-saving transplant surgery. Friday, September 2, on the occasion of this first anniversary, the patient and the doctor met.

Seventy-year-old Mark Hetzel was suffering from advanced heart failure when he was referred to Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. After less than two weeks on the waiting list, a compatible heart was found.

The transplant was performed and Hetzel made a full recovery.

At Friday’s meeting, Hetzel met with members of the surgical team who were involved in his surgery.

“He’s living a full life and that’s what we expect and it’s down to, you know, his health but also his motivation to recover and get back to normal,” said Dr John Crouch. , of Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.

“When we arrived we had no idea what was going to happen and after day one I knew this was where I wanted to be if I was going to qualify for the heart transplant. The level of care and skill is unparalleled,” says Hetzel.

Hetzel says he and his wife have deep faith and believed that God had done a miracle for them. He has recovered so well that he recently rode 80 km on his e-bike.

“Receiving someone’s organ, someone’s heart, I’m committing to life to continue living as best I can,” Hetzel said.