After enduring four bouts of cancer, Kyle learned he needed a heart transplant. After receiving his new heart, not only is Kyle living a full life, he is even training for an Ironman Triathlon!
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Kyle Amazing Transplant Recovery Dr. Travis Stork: Kyle’s long battle to save this life began when he was only 18 years old. That was the year he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Over the next several years, he battled cancer, three more times. And even after beating those odds, his devastating journey wasn’t over. Kyle was diagnosed with a rare side effect from years of chemotherapy, a damaged heart that required a transplant. Kyle ends up receiving anew heart and surpassed everyone’s expectations. Only 11 months after his transplant, Kyle completed a triathlon. And now, he’s even training for the Iron Man. Go Kyle! And today we’re talking about new real life stories behind organ donations and you just saw Kyle’s story. He received his new heart just three years ago at U.C.L.A. Medical Center. We’re lucky enough to have you here with us today. Thank you for being here. Kyle: Thanks for having me. Dr. Lisa Masterson: And I admire your spirit, I mean you’re just embracing life like you’ve got a second chance. Kyle: Well, thanks I mean I always kind of an appreciative. It’s you know when you’re throw in the deep in you have two choices. You can sink or you can swim and I’ve always chosen to swim which you ask is been a lot now. Dr. Travis Stork: You had swum 224 miles and you did the Iron Man. You bit the rest of us here. Dr. Jim Sears: I think a lot of people think if you’ve all kind of the organ transplant especially a heart, then you’re just going have to basically take it easy the rest of your life. But that’s not true. Kyle: You know I kind, I kind of thought the same thing of the same thing that, that I was going to be really limited post transplant. I mean let the medications are going to rule my life and that things are going to be a limited. But obviously, it’s worked out differently, I was happy to be wrong. Dr. Travis Stork: You Kyle rather well, right? Male: Absolutely. Dr. Travis Stork: These gentlemen are important part of your life, right? Kyle: Yes, that is my surgeon and my cardiologist so yes. Dr. Travis Stork: So coddles to you as well for making this possible. Kyle for inspiring anyone out there who’s on the organ waiting list during one who is obviously thinking about becoming an organ donor. It’s not fuddle. There is hope in you are showing people out. Kyle: Yeah sometimes is that tunnel is long and dark and scary but there is a light. There is a light there at the end if you just hang on long enough to get there. Dr. Travis Stork: Well good luck in the Iron Man, we’ll be watching. Kyle: Thank you!
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