Anthony Pugliese

Anthony Pugliese

Anthony Pugliese: I was born in 1964 with a single ventricle heart, pulononary stenosis and transposition of the great arteries. I had my first open-heart surgery at age 10 months, my second at age 14 and my third and final open-heart surgery at age 20. At age 33 I developed atrial fibrillation but thanks to medications I suffered no problems until age 44. That’s when I started to become weaker. I was placed on the Heart Transplant List on January 26 2009 and received my new heart on March 26 2009. I served on the Board of Directors for 8 years for the Adult Congenital Heart Association. I currently volunteer at CORE - center for organ recovery and education. I am also a founding committee member of a heart transplant support group in Pittsburgh and am a member of the Pittsburgh Transplant Olympic Team. I feel great and count each day as a blessing and I owe it all to a young man who signed an organ donor card.