From KMTV News Now Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Looking at him, you might not know Tim Hagen is one in 7.9 billion.
“When they found the cancer, the surgery was July 3rd, 2014, and they cut out 18 inches of my colon,” he shared.
The stage IV cancer required surgery and aggressive chemotherapy which weakened Hagen’s heart. Doctors at Nebraska Medicine told the 65-year-old from Glenwood, Iowa that he would need a new heart.
They approached him with an idea: Would he consider an NPR-DCD heart using SherpaPak technology?
“I said ‘yes’ to everything,” he told KMTV with a smile.
Hagen would become the first patient in the world where this life-saving approach was used.
His new heart had previously stopped beating, then was resuscitated, making it viable for transplant.
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