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Hall of Famer Given New Lease on Life

16 April 2017

Carew underwent the procedure last December and met Reuland's family in March after mutual friends connected Reuland's death with news of Carew's transplant on Dec. 16.

In addition to the update from Carew, the piece will include interviews with the family of the donor.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California – Baseball Hall of Famer and recent transplant recipient Rod Carew now knows whose heart and kidney are keeping him alive: Konrad Reuland, an National Football League tight end who died following a ruptured brain aneurysm. In fact, their kids both attended the same middle school.

The American Heart Association believes this to be the first such transplant involving pro athletes.

The programs name came from the jersey number that Carew wore throughout his career.

"Forever", Carew said, according to the site.

"He didn't hold back", said Hartman, who worked at KSTP from 1987 to 1991 and is now the lead reporter for "On the Road", the network's long-running feature series.

It was the late 1990s and Reuland was a sixth-grader in Southern California.

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"The CBS Evening News" airs locally at 5:30 p.m. on WCCO, Ch. 4.

On April 4 - what would have been Reuland's 30th birthday - Rod and Rhonda showed up to the grave alongside Reuland's parents.

"Whatever, if we can save a life, and that means including Konrad now, you know, wherever I go, he's going to be there", says Rod Carew.

Reuland's folks, Ralf and Mary, and their most youthful child Austin alternated tuning in through a stethoscope to Konrad's heart thumping inside Carew's trunk when they met the previous baseball star and his significant other Rhonda, as indicated by the American Heart Association News.

Carew, now 71, had been using a mechanical device to pump blood following a massive heart attack in September 2015. When Reuland's mother, Mary, saw Carew, she hugged him and said: "You're part of our family now". Following complications, doctors determined he needed a new heart.

The Reulands were told the beneficiary was a 71-year-old man from Orange County. Nobody ahead of Carew on the transplant list was.

The majority of the time people receiving organ transplants do not know who the donor was. By Dec. 9, he was moved to a higher priority on the list and had Reuland's heart a week later.

Carew is considered one of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball, as the owner of a.328 career average, 3,053 hits, seven batting titles and 18 All-Star Game selections while playing for the Minnesota Twins and California Angels. She then pressed her ear against his chest to listen to the rhythm of the heartbeat made possible by her son's heart.

Hall of Famer Given New Lease on Life