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Patrick O'Hara

This time last year, Pat O'Hara was knocking on death's door with blue fingertips caused by a lack of sufficient blood flow from his failing heart. Unhealthy hearts run through Pat's family and he had already seen two of his siblings die from heart failure. And, last spring, he began to fear he would be next. He had a few months left to live unless he received a heart transplant, but his body simply wasn't strong enough to endure such a major operation. He began to lose hope. Fortunately, Pat was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital where doctors performed a medical first for Indiana that made it possible for his body to recover strength as he waited for a lifesaving heart transplant.

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