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Ron Nelson Spends Thanksgiving in the Hospital, Waiting for a New Heart

November 26th, 2015 by

Report by Cristina Domingues
Time Warner Cable News in Rochester, NY

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and friends, a time to take in all we are grateful for. But, there are some families spending the holiday in the hospital.

Ron Nelson waiting for a heart transplant“We came up here August 11. We ran through some tests. I’ve been here every since,” said Ron Nelson of East Amherst.

A virus first attacked Ron’s heart in 2005. At age 54, he’s tied up to machines and medicine that keep his heart beating… for now.

Ron is at Strong Memorial Hospital waiting for a new heart, and he will spend this Thanksgiving in the hospital.

Right now, there are five people at Strong, in one unit alone, who are waiting for a heart transplant. There are several others waiting at home.

Nancy Ryan, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, talks about the importance of people being organ donorsFinger Lakes Donor Recovery Network’s Nancy Ryan (in the photo, right) says, “An organ donor could save up to eight lives through the gift of organ donation.”

Nancy adds: “With eye and tissue donation could actually improve up to 50 lives. To take a few minutes to enroll in the registry, what a wonderful gift to give this time of the year, when Thanskgiving is all about being grateful. I think it’s a time of the year too when we’re engaged in helping others and what better way to show you’re willingness to help others and enroll on the registry.”



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