Bobby Height, Sr. has always been active and athletic. He played basketball and baseball in school, and was drafted by the New York Yankees. When his career ended with a knee injury, Bobby taught physical education and coached high school basketball, baseball and football. But in 2003, he was diagnosed with cardiomyophathy. After years of treatment for acute asthma and sleep apnea, he learned that he had amyloidosis and needed a transplant. In 2007, Bobby received a lifesaving heart transplant. Free of both the asthma and sleep apnea, he’s now living a healthy life as a husband, father, grandfather, and organ donation advocate. “Someone said ‘yes’ to donating life so that I might have a second chance,” says Bobby.
Bobby, heart recipient
5 ways to improve the U.S. organ donation and transplant system
Based on the input of experts in our field, UNOS is proposing a five-part package of reforms to drive improvements to save even more lives.