Dover High School Student undergoes heart transplant surgery

18-year-old student receives new heart

DOVER, Ohio - A Dover High School student who had been suffering from a heart ailment received a heart from a donor Wednesday morning.

Logan Martin.18, had been complaining to his family of not feeling well in February, said fellow classmate Merrick Mamarella. A trip to Union Hospital in Tuscarawas County led him to another trip to Akron Children's Hospital where he was diagnosed with left ventricular cardiomyopathy, a serious heart condition. Serious enough to require a heart transplant.

Transferred to Cleveland Clinic, he had been placed on a waiting list for a donor heart early on.

That call came Tuesday night.

"He's been on the list for two months," said Mamarella. "The call came yesterday. They told him, hey, it's time to get the heart. We have a heart for you. He sent a tweet out that said the nurse came in, my heart's here!"

A second chance at life that neither Martin or his family takes for granted.

"He was ecstatic. He's also nervous. He doesn't really know how to feel about it because he feels really bad that someone had to lose their life to get this heart, so we all keep the family who lost their loved one in our prayers," said Mamarella.

Martin's mother Deb Martin is an ER nurse at Union Hospital. She awaited the news of the surgery's outcome at Cleveland Clinic. She sent fellow Union Hospital nurse and friend April Edwards news that Logan had made it successfully to the recovery room by early afternoon.

"She just wants to make sure how appreciative she is of the donor that has given her son life," said Edwards. "She also can't stress enough how thankful she is to the community of Dover and every surrounding community who has taken part in helping their family. Many who didn't even know them."

Since February donations came from from silent auctions, live auctions, car raffles, monetary contributions, among many other others.

"I'm so proud to be part of this community, that we made a difference in someone's life like that," said Mamarella.

Unlike Cuyahoga county, spring's blossoms were abundant in Dover Wednesday. Undoubtedly warmed by countless warm hearts coming together for one young man's heart needing a little help.

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