Roseville man's new heart is 'second best gift' ever

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 24, 2010 - 8:58 PM

Transplant surgery delayed Don and Carolyn Weber's Christmas trip to Disney World, but that's all right, "Grandpa's got a new heart."

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striberalDec. 24, 10 9:10 PM

Merry Christmas Don! And to the Donor Family, may your grief be carried by your faith and the knowlege that you gave the greatest gift of all. God Bless You All

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jasonkiddDec. 24, 10 9:11 PM

As a matter of public policy, how did a 68 year old get a heart before younger, healthier person?

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striberalDec. 24, 10 9:22 PM

Merry Christmas JasonKidd. May you find happiness and joy tomorrow.

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onehdeagleDec. 24, 10 9:29 PM

If the first best gift was jesus being born, he should have settled for that. How many gifts does one man need.

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striberalDec. 24, 1010:23 PM

Wow, some fine folks are realy trying to have comments shut down on this post.

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tallgu66yDec. 24, 1011:16 PM

I am very happy for you and your family. Please ignore ignorant comments. Merry Christmas!

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ringworldDec. 25, 1012:03 AM

jasonkidd: my guess -- a whole panel of doctors decided it as they went down the list. http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/latestData/stateData.asp?type=center has data on each center, you could look at the data for the center transplants by age for heart and compare it to the information about wait list removals by age. (or by many other metrics, unos status, etc.) The data is public so we can build independent confidence in the operation of organ transplantation.

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Guppy35Dec. 25, 10 2:16 AM

A little over five years ago our 15 year old daughter gave her heart along with other parts of her to donation after a car accident. It didn't help us feel better, but it was the right thing to do, and out there somewhere is blessed a woman with my daughter's heart. There was no kinder, stronger, loving heart that our daughter. My hope is that the recipients of these donations understand the price paid, and live their lives going forward knowing what a gift they've been given.

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wantthetruthDec. 25, 10 8:01 AM

To the Weber Family-- Sending best wishes and prayers for a quick recovery!! What an amazing gift--not only for Mr. Weber--but for his grandchildren who need their grandpa!!! I hope you all continue to have a blessed Christmas!!

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dakmarkDec. 25, 10 8:19 AM

"As a matter of public policy, how did a 68 year old get a heart before younger, healthier person?" --- This is the kind of poster that supports government controlled health care and death squads - yes, death squads. He will determine who is "too old" or "too sick" and should not receive care. This is exactly what some people meant be claiming there would be death squads.

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