Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Rod Carew's transplanted heart, kidney donated from ex-Ravens TE Konrad Reuland

Rod Carew's transplanted heart, kidney donated from ex-Ravens TE Konrad Reuland

That week, baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew had a heart and kidney transplant. That's the same age as Carew and his transplant was conducted at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, about five miles from where Reuland died in Los Angeles. Reuland, 29, died on December 12, two weeks after he suffered a brain aneurysm. The Heart Association story notes that when he was about 11 years old, Reuland had met Carew at school and gushed about it the rest of the day. Carew's family and Reuland's family will now team up to help the campaign. You know, he's a pro-athlete. "The one paramedic, he had the paddles in his hand - 'Come on we're losing him!'" said Rod Carew.

"In terms of health, his heart was a Ferrari", Reuland's mother, Mary, told the San Jose Mercury News this week.

The Reulands were told the recipient was a 71-year-old man from Orange County.

The two men's blood classification was the same, however the key component was both were safe from Hepatitis B. Nobody in front of Carew on the transplant rundown was insusceptible.

The American Heart Association said Reuland's family and Carew met last month.

"You're part of our family now".

The previous fall, Reuland was on a treadmill when he encountered an extreme cerebral pain. That was the emergence of the aneurysm, a ballooning of an artery in his brain.

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He had brain surgery weeks later but did not regain consciousness.

"That was really cathartic for me to be able to hear it again", Mary said. 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". Konrad was filling out a driver's license renewal form when he asked his mom whether he should become an organ donor. She said she signed up to be a donor, so he made a decision to do so, too.

Carew, 71, suffered the major heart attack while playing golf in Corona, Calif., on September 20, 2015. He spent a year with a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, in his chest handling the work of his damaged heart. A month later, on December 9, he was at the top of the list.

The Ravens said Reuland's other kidney went to a woman in 60s in Southern California and a man in his 50s received Reuland's liver.

Heart disease has touched the Reulands, too. She was hugging her son.

Most of the time, people who receive organ transplants don't find out who the donor was.

His mom, Mary Reuland, recalled how her then 11-year-old son was elated when he met the Minnesota Twins legend almost two decades ago.

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