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Life Stories: A New Heart and a New Life at 65

Bobby Height, Sr. Bobby Height, Sr.

Heart Recipient: Charlotte, NC

Bobby Height, Sr. has always been an active guy. He played basketball and baseball in school, and was drafted by the New York Yankees. When his career ended with a knee injury, Bobby taught physical education and coached high school basketball, baseball and football. Still an avid softball player, he was inducted into the ASA Softball Hall of Fame in 1993.

One morning in 2003, Bobby became dizzy and passed out. He was diagnosed with an “unhealthy heart.” After five years of treatment for acute asthma and sleep apnea, he learned that he had a fatal heart disease and needed a transplant.

While Bobby waited for a new heart, he wore a LifeVest Defibrillator and was connected to a pump that delivered intravenous medication. He grew weaker and weaker every day. To make matters worse, there were 2,000 other candidates waiting for a heart.

“Someone said ‘yes’ to donating life so that I might have a second chance.”

— Bobby Height, Sr.

Bobby finally received “the call”—a heart was available. Free of both the asthma and sleep apnea, he’s now living a healthy life as a husband, father, grandfather, and organ donation advocate. Bobby’s greatest wish is that everyone will give the gift of life by joining the donor registry.

“Someone said ‘yes’ to donating life so that I might have a second chance,” says Bobby. “Today, approximately 3,000 people are waiting for transplants in North Carolina. You too have the power to DONATE LIFE ... PASS IT ON!

Bobby’s story is courtesy of LifeShare Of The Carolinas, Charlotte, NC.


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