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Heart-transplant patient playing soccer with his family.

Surgery allows 11-year-old boy to return to playing his favorite sport.

Sezar’s journey to a new heart began in the ER department at UW Health SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford. The first patient to receive a heart transplant through the pediatric heart transplant program which launched in March 2023, Sezar is now thriving.

Read more about how your donations helped save Sezar’s life here.


“I am very thankful we were able to come here,” said Sezar’s father Sam. “These are the best doctors, the best nurses and the best interpreters. They were like a family and made him feel like he wasn’t at the hospital.”

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