Heart transplant recipient gets new lease on life

Posted: Updated:
WHITE PLAINS -

A life – and baseball career - was saved, thanks to a heart transplant.

Ken Frawley, 28, has been playing baseball almost his entire life, from Little League to White Plains High School to St. Thomas Aquinas College in Rockland County.

Frawley currently pitches in the Westchester Rockland Wood Bat League, throwing strikes for the Thunderdogs.

Four years ago, he suffered from an arrhythmia. He went on a defibrillator, but it lasted only a year and a half. He was then diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and needed a new heart.

He was immediately put on an organ donor list.

"The issue we ran into is that New York is the worst state in the country for organ donations so I ended up going to Newark Beth Israel in New Jersey, and seven days later, I got my call they had a heart for me," says Frawley.

Frawley said he felt comfortable with the team of doctors at Beth Israel, knowing he was the 929th heart transplant at the hospital.

The operation took 5 1/2 hours, and he rebounded so quickly that he returned to the ballfield less than six weeks after the transplant.

Frawley says he hopes to one day reach out to the donor’s family and thank them for saving his life. He and his family also want to work with New York state to help improve the donor program.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."