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Bernhardt gets new heart at 20 days old
Bernhardt's story a testament to power of organ donation
Hunter, now 11, was 10 days old when surgery was performed to correct a heart defect. It was unsuccessful and a heart transplant was the only option; a donor was found in Arkansas. Born on Oct. 3, 2004, he received a new heart on Oct. 23.
Over 100,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ donation. Unfortunately, some of those will never get the call that a suitable donor organ has been found. Eleven-year-old Hunter Bernhardt, the son of Steve Bernhardt and Susan Jaco, was one of the lucky ones.