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#300702 - 04/15/17 04:16 PM Konrad & Carew: How an NFL player’s donated heart saved life of a baseball Hall
Golem Offline

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Konrad & Carew: How an NFL player’s donated heart saved life of a baseball Hall of Famer

Daniel Brown
The Mercury News
April 15, 2017

Konrad Reuland spent the last day of his life in a coma as his mother, resigned to her son’s fate, curled up close, rested her head on his broad chest and listened to his heartbeat for as long as she could.

Reuland’s heart, strengthened by his days as a football player at Stanford and in the NFL, sounded as mighty as ever. And Mary lay there from sunrise to sundown savoring the pulsing rhythm. Occasionally, someone would gently nudge her and tell her it was time to go.

“No,” Mary told them. “This is the thing I have to do today.”

Reuland died of a brain aneurysm Dec. 12 and his organs were donated, as per his wishes. The family knew only that Konrad’s kidney went to a Southern California woman in her 60s, his liver went to a male in his 50s and, most notably, his heart and other kidney went to a 71-year-old man in south Orange County.

By the time of the funeral, friends who had read about Rod Carew’s recent heart transplant in Los Angeles were putting two and two together. They pulled Mary aside and asked if it was possible: Do you think Konrad saved Carew? Did the heart of an NFL player wind up in the chest of a baseball Hall of Famer?


#300703 - 04/15/17 05:03 PM Re: Konrad & Carew: How an NFL player’s donated heart saved life of a baseball Hall [Re: Golem]
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Registered: 02/27/06
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Loc: North San Diego County
Strictly a coincidence if it happened. UNOS matches donated organs to recipients by HLA types (not blood types). UNOS and all transplant coordinators will not tell the cadaver donor's family specifics about the recipients and will not tell the recipient about the donor, because they both tend to get obsessed with the other. They each have their own issues to deal with, that is another that can be all-consuming.

You could look at organ harvest time and organ transplant time and figure it out. Hearts only last about 4 hours outside a body. So they don't tend to travel far, unlike kidneys.

#300707 - 04/15/17 07:44 PM Re: Konrad & Carew: How an NFL player’s donated heart saved life of a baseball Hall [Re: Golem]
Ujest Shurly Offline

Registered: 10/16/16
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Loc: Michigan, USA
Coincidence? Yea. Nevertheless, a touching story.
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