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Heart Transplant Patients Meet Doctors at OSU

COLUMBUS (Adam Slinger/Ken Hines) -- On Valentines Day, about 75 people met at the OSU Wexner Medical Center to say Thank you to the doctors who saved their lives.

You got that rare second chance that a lot of people dont get, said Mike Glenn of Hocking County, who underwent heart transplant surgery three years ago. You actually go through survivors guilt."

Each of the recipients knows that he or she is only alive because another person died. For most, living with that reality is an emotional struggle.

You get that guilt like I'm alive, but he had to pass, Glenn said. It's hard to deal with sometimes.

So far this year, OSU doctors have performed two heart transplants. On average, doctors there perform one per month.

Warren Johnson is the second recipient of 2014; hell turn 71 on February 28.

Donate your organs cause someone can use it, Johnson said from his hospital bed. They tell me one body can save eight lives. That's a blessing.
 
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