Utah Man Gets Rare Liver-Heart Transplant

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah doctors performed a very rare heart-liver transplant recently on a Utah man who had suffered at least 16 heart attacks in the past nine years.

Michael Mader, 31, waited nearly two years before having surgery on April 23. He was released May 6, and impressed doctors when he showed up a news conference last week looking fit and healthy.

He was diagnosed at the age of 3 with a rare liver disease which led to heart problems. Mader had his first heart attack when he was 22, and lost count there were so many over the next several years. He was so sick that he had been told at one point to get his affairs in order and prepare for his death.

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