- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area man who received a heart transplant 15 years ago is back in the hospital and hoping for a new heart.

WDIV-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1qs0dqk ) Ernie Balcueva watched his four brothers die from the same rare congenital heart defect he has that causes an irregular rhythm that can’t be reversed. Balcueva is again confined to a bed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he had his first transplant in 1999.

Transplant center director Dr. Brooks Edwards says Balcueva’s heart isn’t working adequately and he needs a new one. He says Balcueva is remaining positive and outgoing despite the disease having a “devastating effect” on his family.

Balcueva said he keeps things in perspective by talking about challenges with other transplant patients.

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Information from: WDIV-TV, https://www.clickondetroit.com

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