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April 15, 1990 | By Suzanne Gordon, Inquirer Staff Writer
In honor of Police Sgt. Daniel Stickney, who will return to full duty in May after receiving a heart transplant, the Haverford Township Commissioners last week proclaimed April 23-29 as Organ Donor Awareness Week. Stickney, 45, who accepted the proclamation and kudos from the board on Wednesday night, distributed information on how to become an organ donor. "I've known him since he was a little boy," said board President Stephen Campetti. "He was a Vietnam vet . . . and also very active in the MIA/POWs.
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April 13, 1993 | By Maura Webber, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Police Chief Richard H. Moore Jr. has been admitted to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and is awaiting a heart transplant, a hospital spokesman said yesterday. Nursing supervisor Tom Green said Moore, 46, is in fair condition and is being treated in the hospital's heart failure care unit. Green said he did not know how long Moore would have to wait for the heart. Mayor Gerald Luongo said yesterday that Moore went for tests when he began to feel ill earlier this month.
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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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September 24, 1987 | By Frank Langfitt, Special to The Inquirer
Haverford police Sgt. Dan Stickney probably won't feel the difference for a few more weeks. His body is still weak from surgery, but he says he has at least one way of telling he has a new heart. Before his transplant earlier this month, Stickney's heart had to beat 125 times a minute to keep his blood circulating. Now, Stickney says, his new heart only has to beat about 90 times a minute. "It's a normal heartbeat!" he said in amazement. Stickney, 42, suffered a massive heart attack in April 1986 while attending a police survival course in Montgomery County.
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March 11, 1989 | By Bonnie Baker, Special to The Inquirer
Kenneth "Buddy" Wood Jr., 30, a Deptford Township medical student who had been awaiting a heart transplant since October, died Wednesday at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York hours after receiving a new heart. Mr. Wood received the heart of a 14-year-old Virginia resident early Wednesday morning and was on the operating table from 8:30 a.m. to noon. He died at 4:45 p.m. A freshman cardiology major at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, Mr. Wood discovered last fall that he had fibrosis of the heart and that a heart transplant would be necessary.
SPORTS
November 8, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Frank Torre, who underwent a heart transplant in a Frank Capra-esque scenario the day before his brother Joe managed the Yankees to their world championship, walked out of a New York hospital yesterday. "I feel like a new man!" Torre announced, looking strong - though a little thin - in his warmup suit and sneakers as he stood behind a podium in the lobby of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center for his last news conference before departing. "We got a 28-year-old heart. " "Right now I'm a little scared," he said.
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January 9, 1986 | By SCOTT HEIMER, Daily News Staff Writer
A former DuPont Co. executive was said to be resting comfortably yesterday afternoon after becoming the 20th patient to undergo a heart transplant by a surgical team of Temple University Hospital doctors. Harold Serenbetz, 56, of Hockessin, Delaware, a retired engineering executive and father of five, was listed in critical condition in intensive care after a four-hour operation yesterday morning. "That's a standard classification for this type of operation," said a hospital spokesman.
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March 10, 2014 | By Art Carey, For The Inquirer
As a junior at Georgetown University in 2006, Brynn Marks was in the best shape of her life. She had been training regularly with the softball team in preparation for their inaugural varsity season. But in February of that year, Marks, who grew up in Havertown and Media and cocaptained the softball team at Episcopal Academy, caught a terrible cold. At night, she couldn't lie flat on her back and was unable to sleep. The team doctor referred her to a pulmonologist at Georgetown University Hospital.
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December 22, 2000 | by April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writer
His new heart works just fine, Leandrew Mickens has determined. And he can still dream, especially when he thinks of his second chance at life. He can smile when he thinks of his two sons, and how they've become closer to him through all of this. "When you're here, you learn a lot of things," Mickens says, staring at the white tile floor this week in Temple University Hospital's heart trauma ward. Those are tears in his eyes. He knows how close he came. "Life is precious," he says, tubes running down his face from his nose, his gown just covering his chest scars.
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April 24, 1993 | By Maura Webber, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It was day six with his new heart, and Washington Township Police Chief Richard H. Moore's thoughts had turned to the more robust life he hopes to lead on and off the job. "I'm going to be the same chief, I'm not going to change. All I'm saying is I'm going to be able to do more," Moore said in an interview from his private room at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Moore, 46, was in stable condition yesterday, nearly a week after surgeons replaced his weakened heart during a five-hour operation that ended at 5 a.m. Saturday.
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October 25, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Wagstaff-Duncan's heart was about to give up. The organ was dangerously enlarged and surrounded with extra fluid. It pumped about one-tenth as efficiently as the heart of a healthy person. At age 28, he was unable to take four steps without feeling short of breath. But physicians at Temple University Hospital said he could not get a new heart for one of the very reasons his old one was failing: He weighed 480 pounds. His case presents a vexing dilemma from the frontier of the U.S. obesity epidemic.
SPORTS
August 5, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kennedy Cunningham was one step ahead of her father, Steve, at DSG Boxing Gym one afternoon last month. While Cunningham, a 39-year-old heavyweight from Philadelphia, changed into his workout spandex, his 9-year-old daughter pulled on big red gloves and threw them at a punching bag. While Steve had his hands taped, Kennedy stepped into the ring and playfully sparred with her 4-year-old brother, Cruz. Cruz backed her into a corner, and she fought her way out, squinting and smiling.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
October 17, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
ANY MOMENT now, Steve Cunningham and his wife, Livvy, could get the call. It's been that way throughout Cunningham's latest training camp. It remains the reality during the lead-up to the Philadelphia heavyweight's fight Saturday night. "The doctor has called us four times in the past month and a half and said, 'We almost called you last night,' " Cunningham, 38, said after a workout last week. Cunningham's 9-year-old daughter, Kennedy, awaits a lifesaving heart transplant.
NEWS
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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March 10, 2014 | By Art Carey, For The Inquirer
As a junior at Georgetown University in 2006, Brynn Marks was in the best shape of her life. She had been training regularly with the softball team in preparation for their inaugural varsity season. But in February of that year, Marks, who grew up in Havertown and Media and cocaptained the softball team at Episcopal Academy, caught a terrible cold. At night, she couldn't lie flat on her back and was unable to sleep. The team doctor referred her to a pulmonologist at Georgetown University Hospital.
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Theirs is not the kind of medical history anyone wants. The grandchildren of George Melling hope others can learn from the trail of death and damaged hearts that runs through their family tree. Four cousins - the children of two of George's daughters - died decades ago when their hearts stopped suddenly. Two were teenagers; another was 22 years old. When one of the mothers developed heart problems, a Johns Hopkins University doctor began looking for inherited heart defects in other family members and readily found them.
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December 3, 2013 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Derek Fitzgerald played baritone horn in the marching band at North Penn High School, and his father ran the music program at Bensalem High. Visiting his father one day, Derek "saw the girls in color guard in spandex. " LeeAnn in particular looked very cute. Derek visited a lot more often, soon dating LeeAnn. They attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, got married. But then, Derek, at age 30, got cancer in 2003. He survived, but chemotherapy ruined his heart. In 2011, too weak to lift his head off a pillow, he got a heart transplant.
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February 22, 2013 | BY DON SAPATKIN, Inquirer Staff Writer
IT WAS 1985, Ernie Schiff had just gotten a new heart - his was the fifth such transplant in Philadelphia - and his wife wanted to know what was next. "The coordinator handed me a big book," said Anne Schiff, now 82. "I didn't understand anything about the book. I said, 'You know, I think we should start a group.' And I said, 'Let's call it Second Chance.' Because that's exactly what it was. " Twenty-eight years and nearly 2,500 heart transplants later, Second Chance quietly continues its same dual mission: support for patients who want to know what will happen to them and fundraising to help them afford it. It has expanded from Temple University Hospital, then the local pioneer, to the three other general hospitals in Philly that now do heart transplants - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University Hospital.
NEWS
April 4, 2012
Cheney released with new heart WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from the hospital Tuesday, 10 days after getting a new heart, his office said. Cheney, 71, received the organ March 24 from an unknown donor at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. "As he leaves the hospital, the former vice president and his family want to again express their deep gratitude to the donor and the donor's family for this remarkable gift," aide Kara Ahern said in a statement.
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