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Teen’s story highlights dilemmas with donated organs

Posted: May 14, 2013 2:49 PM Updated: May 14, 2013 4:12 PM

By: Lloyd Sowers, FOX 13 News – bio

TAMPA (FOX 13) –

Garrett Leopold was a newborn baby when we first brought you his story 16 years ago.

Now, he’s a teenager with a story that features medical miracles, but limitations.

Garrett had an infant heart transplant when he was 3 months old. But at age 16, that heart wore out. He underwent his second heart transplant in March.

Doctors say there’s no limit to the number of transplants a person can have, but the supply of donated hearts is limited. As transplants become more common, donor hearts will be in even shorter supply.

Garrett is focusing on life as a normal teenager again. His prognosis is good, but the future is uncertain for transplants, as donated hearts grow harder to find.

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