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03-02-2013, 07:50 AM
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Gates Orlando, Amerks Hall of Famer, touts organ donation after heart transplant -
Written by Kevin Oklobzija - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - March 2, 2013.

After more than two years of non-stop critical care — and 208 days after he last stepped outside Strong Memorial Hospital — Rochester Americans Hall of Famer Gates Orlando finally got to go home on Friday.

Just 25 days after receiving a life-saving heart transplant, Orlando slept in his own bed in his home in Victor. “I haven’t breathed fresh air since Aug. 9,” he said Friday morning.

Orlando, 50, had lived without his own heart — and with total reliance on an artificial heart — since April 4. When a donor heart became available Feb. 4, the transplant teams were mobilized for surgery that day at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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