'New Lease On Life' For MGH's 500th Heart Transplant Recipient

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Kevin Daignault of Swanton, Vermont wasn't feeling too good last year.

The 55-year-old told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens about his symptoms.

"Sluggish, didn't have any energy at all, short of breath," he said.

A cardiologist at UVM Medical Center diagnosed him with heart failure, and suddenly, the clock was ticking for Daignault.

But no more.

Last month, Daignault became the 500th person to receive a heart transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital.

"I'll tell ya, Mass General is the best group of people that I've ever met," he said.

Daignault had a device implanted at MGH in early October, was placed on the transplant list, and received his new heart on December 29--in under 90 days.

He said he feels great now.

"It's like a new lease on life, starting life all over again," he said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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