April 26, 2019

Life-saving surprise: Jacksonville EMT unknowingly delivers heart to uncle

By Karl Oestreich

First Coast News
by Crystal Bailey

...Teddy Ross works at Century Ambulance. On Thursday, he was paged to the airport to pick up an organ and transport it to the hospital. What he didn't realize, was that he was transporting the organ that would save his uncle’s life. It started as an ordinary day for Ross. When he got to the airport, a few physicians climbed into his ambulance with a cooler, containing a heart. He drove the ambulance to Mayo Clinic and dropped off the heart, then called his mom, who was waiting for a heart for her brother. "I couldn’t believe what I just did,” said Ross. “I just transported my uncle's heart."

First Coast News Jacksonville

Reach: First Coast News refers to three television stations in Jacksonville, Florida. WJXX, the ABC affiliate; WTLV, the NBC affiliate; and WCWJ, the CW affiliate.

Context: Mayo Clinic's Transplant Center staff at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota works together to evaluate and treat people who may need a heart transplant. Our heart transplant surgeons have performed hundreds of procedures using the most advanced technology since performing their first heart transplant more than 30 years ago. Our Transplant Center team members in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota are leaders and innovators in heart transplant, immunosuppressive (anti-rejection) medicine and ventricular assist devices that help people live better while waiting for a donor heart. You can read more about heart transplants here.

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Tags: First Coast News, heart transplants, Teddy Ross, Uncategorized

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