Baystate Health cardiology fellow recalls heart transplant experience | News


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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM)– February is heart health month. We sat down with Colby Salerno, a cardiology fellow at Baystate Health, whose heart transplant inspired him to become a cardiologist.

Salerno was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at the age of 12.

When he was in college, waiting on a transplant, a conversation with one of his doctors changed the course of his life.

“I remember being in the hospital and I was 24 at the time and I remember one of my doctors saying he knew he thought what I was going through must be tough. No fault to his own but he didn’t know. And so I thought to myself imagine if I as a doctor to truly know what my patients were going through and set me on a path to cardiology,” he said.

Salerno, who will hit his 10th year post-transplant in May, encourages everyone to consider signing up to be an organ donor and says the biggest thing hampering donations is lack of donors.

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