“I get a little emotional…I should have been dead.”
Ed from Milwaukee told us those words through tears as he called Friday morning into WTMJ Cares’ Radiothon for the American Heart Association.
Now, five days after joining WTMJ to share how doctors at St. Luke’s saved his life after a major heart issue in 2018, Ed’s son shared this news with us.
Good Morning (Scott),
You interviewed my father, Ed, on your show last week regarding his heart failure and the LVAD pump that he lives on.
Last night, my father got the call we’ve been waiting for for over a year now and has received his new heart this morning. He will no longer live on the LVAD and, if all goes well, will be back to living his life with this gift from God very soon.
My mother and I wanted to reach out to you to let you know. We are grateful for your station’s efforts to raise awareness and funding for such an important cause.
Sincerely, Vincent S.
“I woke up in the morning and (went) to work. I went and sat down on the toilet and looked at my feet. They swelled up. They looked like clown’s feet,” Ed told Scott Warras and Erik Bilstad.
“I had a couple specialists come in and talk to me. They said, ‘You have two weeks to live, or you can have (a procedure) done on your heart and we can keep you alive until we get you a new heart.”
Now he has that new heart. And a new chance at a longer life.
“I’m still alive and kickin’…I’m glad to be alive.”
Listen to Ed’s full interview on WTMJ Cares above.