Galen Dahl

General Questions

How old are you?

16

Where are you from?

Menlo Park, CA

Transplant

What was your transplant?

heart, received May 2005, when he was 2

What was your condition that led to the transplant?

restrictive heart cardiomyopathy

What can you do now after transplant?

Surprisingly, a lot of things. I can do anything except contact sports. If I tried, I could have more stamina.

Are you glad you didn’t remember your transplant?

I think so. It probably would’ve been pretty scary.

Donor

Do you know your donor?

No.

Do you wish you knew your donor family?

I think so. I think it’d be pretty interesting and nice to meet them.

Were there any complications after transplant?

Yes. I have to do biopsies to check my rejection. During my last biopsy it touched my atrium wall and my heart stopped. I had to stay in the hospital overnight so they could check me.

Are you living an active lifestyle?

Yeah. I am a ski coach for a ski resort.

What are you most excited about after being healthy?

I don’t really know I guess. I get to be a pretty normal kid and not different from others.

Do you consider yourself normal?

Sometimes. I definitely think I have it better than the other kids here.

What would you say to people considering to be an organ donor?

Thank you, I guess. It’s a good thing to do. Very generous.

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