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June 21, 1987 | By Katharine Seelye, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daily tasks, the little things, have been getting harder for Dan Stickney. In April 1986, Stickney, a sergeant on the Haverford Township police force, suffered a massive heart attack. He was attending a police survival course in Montgomery County, learning how to apprehend felons who have guns. He was wrestling with another police officer when the pain struck. Stickney was determined to recover. In the process, he worked up to walking more than two miles a day. Yet now he can barely walk at all. He can't play ball.
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February 3, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was recovering yesterday after a heart transplant. The team issued a statement that said Richardson, 72, underwent the 5-hour overnight procedure at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He had been on a heart-transplant list since December. Team officials said Richardson was resting comfortably yesterday morning. Dr. Mark Stiegel, one of the doctors who performed the surgery, said "the donor heart was working well. " The normal recovery time is 3-6 months, the team said.
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December 24, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Bill Frist still keeps a white doctor's coat in his car and has always been willing to dispense medical advice - whether during the anthrax scare on Capitol Hill or on overseas trips he makes to provide medical care to the poor. The Tennessee heart surgeon-turned-politician has a reputation as a deliberate thinker, a recognized expertise on health care issues and a willingness to reach across the aisle - even on issues opposed by others in his party. For instance, when Republicans jettisoned President Clinton's 1995 nomination of Henry Foster as surgeon general, Frist joined Democrats in trying to salvage the nomination of Foster, a fellow Tennessean whom he had known for years.
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March 25, 2012 | By Kasie Hunt, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Dick Cheney had a heart transplant Saturday and is recovering at a Virginia hospital, his office said. An aide disclosed that Cheney, 71, who has had a long history of cardiovascular trouble including numerous heart attacks, had been waiting for a transplant for more than 20 months. "Although the former vice president and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift," aide Kara Ahern said in a written statement that was authenticated by several of the Republican politician's close associates.
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March 22, 1990 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Highway Patrolman Mike Rash, the only police officer in the country ever to return to hazardous street duty after a heart transplant, died last night at Temple University Hospital - one year to the day after he received his new heart at Temple. Rash, 30, died about 6:30 p.m., police officials said. While the cause of his death was not immediately known, his new heart had been showing signs of rejection, officials said. The officer, a member of the force for eight years, had been admitted to the hospital Saturday, a hospital spokesman said.
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February 13, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Tonya Kay Love of Bensalem, the recipient of a heart transplant in May, died Friday at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, eight days after her 18th birthday. Miss Love received a transplant at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia to replace a "complex congenital heart with multiple holes and a small left ventricle. " After the surgery, doctors said the next year would be a "delicate time" because of the possibility that her body would reject the new heart.
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December 3, 1987 | By Chuck McDevitt, Special to The Inquirer
Chris McAllister had been prepared by his family physician for the message that he would receive from the doctors at Temple University Hospital: a virus had attacked his heart. A transplant was inevitable. What the doctors there could not prepare him for was the support from some of his neighbors in Collingdale. That support - in the form of various fund-raising efforts - will help McAllister pay for a heart transplant. Doctors have told him that the cost of the operation will exceed $150,000.
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April 11, 1995 | By Thomas Ferrick Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dick Pothier, 55, a former Inquirer reporter whose most famous story was a vivid personal account of his own 1989 heart transplant, died yesterday at his home in West Townshend, Vt. Mr. Pothier's first-person tale about his operation appeared in Inquirer Magazine six years ago. Later reprinted in Reader's Digest, it won him a measure of fame, allowing him to serve as an eloquent spokesman for those who had transplants. In retirement in Vermont, where he lived in a log cabin beside a creek, Mr. Pothier occasionally ventured forth - usually on his motorcyle - to appear at medical conferences, do TV and radio talk shows, or write op-ed pieces about transplantation.
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October 8, 1987 | By Frank Langfitt, Special to The Inquirer
In a cold, drizzling rain, the children of Haverford police Sgt. Dan Stickney stood on the sidewalk in front of their house and stared at a bend in the road. Soaked to the skin, hair matted to their heads and their bodies trembling from the cold, Danny, Kay, Joy and Jimmy waited patiently for their father's return on Saturday. "Here they come!" yelled one child, as a police escort car turned the corner of Foster Avenue. The car's red and blue roof lights spun and flashed, and the howl of its siren reverberated off the houses that dot the Upper Darby neighborhood.
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April 26, 2015 | Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jacob Hafer was in a hurry on Friday. He wanted to get the Berks Catholic 4x100 relay team off to a fast start in its race at the 121st Penn Relays. He also wanted to get back to the Reading area in time to prepare for his senior prom. Hafer has a busy life. A good life. A miraculous life. "Someone died so I could live," Hafer said in a stark and poignant description of his special place in this world as the recipient of a heart transplant. Hafer, a thoughtful 19-year-old, will be the first to say that every day is special for him. But some days are more special than others.
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December 7, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
STEVE CUNNINGHAM has won 28 professional fights, is a two-time IBF cruiserweight world champion and only 2 months ago defended his USBA heavyweight belt. The Philadelphia boxer's daughter won a much bigger battle yesterday. Kennedy Cunningham, 9, who since birth has had a rare congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, had a successful heart transplant yesterday at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Kennedy's story has garnered national attention since it was shared on the NBC Sports Network's telecast of Cunningham's April victory over Amir Mansour at the Liacouras Center.
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December 1, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Rebecca Voltmer watches her classmates run through a dress rehearsal of You Can't Take It With You , the 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy. It's hell week - theater-speak for the days before opening night - and the Abington Senior High School cast is amped. Rebecca stands a curtain fold from being on stage, blond hair sliding over her shoulders, arms hugging her gray sweatshirt, smiling at a funny line. And then longing captures her face. She so wants to be out there, bathed in the footlights, exchanging lines with the other actors.
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November 26, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
WHEN JALEEL Benton awoke in his North Philadelphia home in early October, he had an uncomfortable feeling in his chest. Once a shy and socially anxious youngster, Benton had found a measure of confidence on the football field. The 6-5, 375-pound nose guard for Prep Charter hadn't grown up immersed in the game. In fact, he didn't play high school ball at all until his junior year. Nevertheless, a passion developed quickly. However, on that morning, Benton, now a senior, had no idea the game he loved would be taken away forever.
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June 17, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PINEHURST, N.C. - Erik Compton has never won a PGA Tour event. He nearly picked a heckuva place to start. Many knew his story. Now it's out there for real. He had a heart transplant when he was 12. Then he had to have another 6 years ago. At 34, he's living his dreams. Or perhaps he's exceeding them. "It's a really special moment," he said yesterday at Pinehurst No. 2, after finishing a distant second to a guy who was pretty much unbeatable. "Nobody was catching [Martin Kaymer]
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June 17, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - All one needs to know about Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, could be found Sunday by his play on the 18th hole at the U.S. Open after Martin Kaymer already had cemented the victory. "I hit the world's worst shot in to the green and got up and down" for par, Compton said after tying for second place with Rickie Fowler in only his second Open appearance. "You can't ever give up. We all have adversity in our lives. Some are different than others, some are more major.
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June 16, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - Erik Compton is one of the best stories at the U.S. Open, particularly when you consider that six years ago he watched the national championship on television at his Florida home less than a month removed from his second heart transplant. So many know about Compton's story that they forget he can play some golf, too. He proved that Saturday by firing a 3-under-par 67 - one of only two sub-par scores in the third round - and moving into a tie for second place at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club's No. 2 course.
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May 18, 2014 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
When Frank ONeill's heart was failing, what saved his life was a heart transplant. But what improved his quality of life and the strength of his peripheral muscles before his transplant was an individually tailored exercise program that he paid for out of pocket - $300 for six sessions - at Lankenau Heart Institute, part of Main Line Health. Now, for the first time, Medicare will cover cardiac rehabilitation programs for patients suffering from "stable, chronic heart failure," according to a February decision memo from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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March 28, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Robert Goodman says a new heart hasn't made him a new man. Not yet, anyway. "I haven't quite gotten to the point of waking up every day and saying, 'I'm glad I'm alive,' although I do think about that," says the Westampton resident, 62. "I'm more amazed that I was almost dead, and nobody really knew it. Not even me. " Goodman, who's married and has a daughter in college, is a longtime runner and fitness buff. He wanted to avoid the fate of his dad, who died of a heart attack, at 50, "five months before my bar mitzvah.
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December 12, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Martin Burman, 69, of Blue Bell, a Pennsylvania worker's compensation judge who survived with a heart transplant for almost 25 years, died Sunday, Dec. 8, of a heart attack at home. Mr. Burman first experienced heart trouble on his honeymoon, said his wife, the former Lorraine Buchanan. Two years later, he underwent only the 159th heart transplant to be performed at Temple University Hospital. It was an earlier time in transplants, and Mr. Burman was told he had five years to live.
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