Man has second heart transplant

October 22, 2009 3:43:07 PM PDT
A Lake Zurich man who was one of the first infants to get a heart transplant has just had another one, and a kidney transplant to boot.Twenty years ago, Bill Coon became the eighth baby in the country to have the procedure.

However, in June doctors found he had heart failure, with 90 percent blockage of his arteries, and his kidneys failed because of all the heart medication he's taken.

Coon got his new heart yesterday and his kidney transplant today at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

His mother says the worst part was the waiting.

"Fifty-nine days in intensive care is inhumane. His spirits have remained positive. He believes he was destined for something in life and that he had not achieved it yet so he had to hold on," Ann Coon said.

Doctors say transplanted hearts often wear out after about 20 years.

Doctors say Coon is recovering well.


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