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Last April, Konrad Reuland was renewing his driver's license in his parents' home. He asked his mother whether he should become an organ donor. She'd signed up to do it, so he did, too.
Reuland attended middle school in Southern California with Carew's children, and he met Carew when he was 11.
Last fall,Andre Branch Dolphins Jersey, blood thinners he took as part of his protocol led to bleeding in his brain, making it more urgent for him to get a new heart.
Carew went on the transplant waiting list the Friday before Thanksgiving and moved higher a few weeks later. He got the call that a match was found on Dec. 14. He received the heart and kidney two days later,Cheap NFL Jerseys China.
Reuland played for the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens. He also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts, who released him last August.
The only details the Carew family received before the transplant were that the donor was "male, late 20s, local, exceptionally healthy."
During the final hours Mary Reuland spent with her oldest child, she kept her right ear on his chest. Her final words to the representative of the organ procurement network were, "Make sure his heart goes to a really good person because Konrad was a really good person."
The families plan to work together, especially on "Heart of 29," the campaign Carew started last year with the American Heart Association.
Carew underwent the procedure last December and met Reuland's family in March after mutual friends connected Reuland's death with news of Carew's transplant on Dec. 16. Reuland had died four days earlier after a ruptured brain aneurysm at age 29.
Carew's health issues began in September 2015 when he had a near-fatal heart attack while playing golf. He spent a year with a left ventricular assist device in his chest handling the work of his damaged heart.
The two men's blood type was the same, but the key factor was both were immune from Hepatitis B. No one ahead of Carew on the transplant list was immune.
"The whole thing is just unbelievable," Carew told American Heart Association News. "I've been given a second chance so I'm going to take advantage of it, and I've got another family."
Heart disease has touched the Reulands, too. Mary lost her father and a 31-year-old brother to heart attacks; Ralf's father has received a stent and battles atrial fibrillation.
The Reulands were told the recipient was a 71-year-old man from Orange County,Jerseys NFL Cheap.
Both families want to encourage more people to become organ donors. Carew's family has long been signed up as organ donors in memory of his daughter, Michelle,cheap jerseys elite, who died of leukemia when she was unable to get a match for a bone marrow transplant.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP)
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