Local musician awaits heart transplant - FOX 35 News Orlando

Local musician awaits heart transplant

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By Tracy Jacim, Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -- Just after finishing an interview with 52-year-old Don "Fletch" Fletcher, his heart transplant cardiologist walks into the room to listen to his heart, check his bandages and the IV that contains the medication keeping his heart pumping.

On Thursday, Don had a small surgery on his aortic valve.  The local musician remains in serious condition and has been ever since he was first rushed to Florida hospital for a quadruple bypass after a heart attack in February of 2012.

"Doctors said there were a few times when I was on the table I shouldn't have made it, but I did," Don said.  "Now, I'm waiting on a heart."

Don is on the list for a heart transplant.  Just last month, he and his wife Marcia thought their prayers were answered. 

"We got the call, we actually made it to the hospital so quickly, they teased us because we beat the bed!" Marcia said with a laughs.

Don was second in line for that heart, but the first patient took it.  It was an unbelievably disappointing moment.

"You're all built up, and then," Marcia sighs, "I have to believe it wasn't his time to have that heart, but there's a heart out there for him."

In Florida, there are 4,000 people awaiting heart transplants.  Only 1,600 are expected to get new organs within a year.  Those who know and love Don hope he's one of those recipients.

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