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July 19, 2007

Cedar Rapids Kernels Will Honor Heart Transplant Recipient

A man who received a heart transplant in 2002 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will be featured during the Homerun for Life event at the Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball game on Monday, July 23.

Brian Kimm, 46, of Blairstown, Iowa, will appear at the game to be honored by the Kernels. Kimm learned early in 2002 that he needed a heart transplant. Specialists with UI Heart and Vascular Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics treated him with advanced technology called a left ventricular assist device. It helps the heart pump blood and can help patients survive until a donor heart becomes available.

Late in the fall of 2002, Kimm learned that a matched donor had been found. Following the heart transplant, Kimm battled kidney failure for 10 days. He credits the physicians, nurses and staff of UI Hospitals and Clinics for helping him pull through that difficult challenge.

"They have the best staff in the United States as far as I'm concerned," Kimm said. "They were very caring. They've become like family to us."

During the Homerun for Life event, Kimm will circle the bases at Veterans Memorial Stadium as his story of survival is shared with the Kernels' fans.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu