Heart transplant grows unexpected friendship

Heart transplant grows unexpected friendship

Credit: OHSU/ Tyler Tjomsland

Duane Richards, 55, left, of Corbett, Oregon, an OHSU heart transplant patient, reacts with his wife Michelle Richards, after Danielle Hillman, far right, Jacob Ash's mother, Michelle Sequeira, second right, Hillman's sister, and Shelby Aguirre, Ash's sister, after they listen to the heart Richards received from donor Jacob Ash on June 26, 2021, in Spokane, Washington. Ash died after choking on a piece of hard candy on Sept. 29, 2020. His heart, liver and tissue, as well as both of his cornea and kidneys, were donated to people needing organ transplants. Ash would have turned 32 on June 27, 2021. (OHSU/ Tyler Tjomsland)

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