NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Muran Vinszee takes nothing for granted.
After a lifetime of serious health struggles, the 31-year-old North Brunswick resident received a heart and liver transplant three years ago.
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Born with a rare heart deformity called Tetralogy of Fallot, commonly known as Blue Baby Syndrome, early surgeries gave Vinszee a normal life. He played basketball and soccer.
Then, in his twenties, his heart started to fail. He spent 11 months in the hospital.
“It was agonizing, scary, especially not knowing — and especially watching yourself deteriorate daily,” Vinszee said.
Then one day, a nurse handed him a note. Donor organs were ready.
“1000 things went across my mind,” he said. “Anxiousness, excitement, anxiety…everything.”