Giving Life a Second Chance
Through Organ & Tissue Donation

Ask an Expert

  • Contact Us and ask an expert about organ and tissue donation.

Contacting or Visiting Us

 

High School Senior Returned to Soccer Field After Life-Saving Heart Transplant

“Not a day passes without wondering whose heart beats inside my chest.”

Joe Mansaray



Image of joe

After Joe Mansaray received the gift of a life-saving heart transplant, he said he began to feel like a teenager again. The high school senior and soccer star had to give up sports and much more as he relied on an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) to keep him alive through months of testing and medical appointments while waiting for a heart to become available.

Image of joe poster

Joe was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardio myopathy after his sophomore year of high school. This same disease also affected his mother, who received a heart transplant, but then passed away due to complications. Just three months later, Joe had his transplant.

“I was really scared,” he told Gift of Life staff at our annual Thanks for Giving event.

Joe’s recovery took a lot of time and hard work, but throughout it all he focused on his goal of returning to the soccer field. Just prior to the start of his senior year, he was cleared to play, and he quickly got back his starting position and nickname of “the Blur.” He continues to do well and plans to attend college next fall.

“I’m very grateful,” he said.


Read full article at http://highschoolsports.pennlive.com/news/article/-7761100278731954909/after-heart-transplant-in-february-joe-mansaray-back-on-the-field-and-starting-for-east-pennsboro-soccer-team/

Find Related Info
Heart Transplant, Media Resources, Minority Outreach, Donor Registry, Youth Outreach

iconRegister to Be a Donor

It’s easy to add the donor designation to your driver's license or state I.D. card. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Sign up today!

Image of donate life logo
 

Giving Life a Second Chance

Image of Gift of Life Donor Program's headquarters in Center City Philadelphia.

Since 1974, Gift of Life Donor Program has helped hundreds of thousands of patients through organ and tissue donation.

Video View Video

 

Gift of Life Family House

Image of Family House Logo

Lodging and Support

Thousands of patients come to Philadelphia hospitals every year needing life-saving organ transplants. Family House will provide critically needed support programs and temporary lodging for organ transplant patients and their families.

 
 
 
Bookmark and Share
Donate For Life