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Heart transplant recipient throws out first pitch

It was 2010 and a blizzard left Baltimore buried in snow. That didn't stop Michael Yater from traveling to the University of Maryland Medical Center for a heart transplant. After successful surgery and a year of recovery, Michael threw out the first pitch at an Orioles game.

Heart Transplant Gives Father of Three A New Lease on Life

Photo of Ralph DavisIn 2006, Ralph Davis was admitted to a local hospital for a heart attack. Doctors said his condition was too advanced and that he would require specialized care. After being transferred to UMMC for evaluation, Dr. Bartley Griffith diagnosed Davis with idiopathic cardiomyopathy and recommended he be put on the waiting list to receive a heart transplant. Davis underwent surgery to have a LVAD implanted in his heart until a transplant match was found. On June 20, 2007, Davis received the call he had been waiting for; a donor heart was available and he needed to come to UMMC as soon as possible to prepare for the transplant.

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Patient Receives Heart Transplant

Dan Scott was born with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart defect characterized by a thickening of the heart muscles.

Scott eventually required a heart transplant, which was performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Click here to read more about his story