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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Nice Race returns this 12 months and a 69-year-old liver recipient can be on the beginning line of the 5K race.
“I do know I’ll not win it, I’ve no intentions, I set no velocity data once I run, however I don’t cease both,” stated Bruce Altemus.
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In early 2019, Bruce was admitted to Allegheny Normal Hospital and identified with a lot of well being issues, together with nonalcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.
He had beforehand stopped taking good care of himself whereas tending to his spouse after she suffered a stroke.
“I took excellent care of her however I didn’t care for myself,” he stated.
Bruce had reached 300 kilos and medical doctors instructed him he wouldn’t survive with out making main way of life modifications.
The South Hills man took that warning severely, and instantly began shedding weight. Later that 12 months, he acquired a liver transplant, saving his life.
“He’s been a mannequin affected person, all the time checking in, getting his labs, and attempting to get better and get again to his life,” stated Dr. Rachel Tindall, one of many surgeons who carried out Bruce’s transplant. “Transplantation actually permits folks to take again management of their lives and dwell the life that was meant for them absolutely.”
This weekend, Dr. Tindall will reunite with Bruce, becoming a member of him within the Pittsburgh Nice Race’s 5K run/stroll.
Family and friends may even run alongside him, pleased with the place he’s come.
When Bruce was initially discharged from AGH, he was admitted to West Penn Hospital for remedy. He entered in a wheelchair, hoping to depart with a walker. As a substitute, he was discharged on his personal, in want of neither.
Right this moment, Bruce will get in as much as 12,000 steps each day, strolling and jogging exterior of the senior dwelling facility the place he lives, Atria South Hills.
Bruce stated the power agreed to sponsor his run.
Bruce can be elevating funds for “Hats off to Ron,” a nonprofit named in honor of a liver transplant recipient who has since handed. The group now supplies monetary assist to lung and liver recipients. Anybody enthusiastic about donating can achieve this by clicking here.
Bruce hopes his story encourages folks to grow to be organ donors. He additionally desires to encourage folks to prioritize their well being.
“You simply can’t quit hope, you must push your self, don’t give up. Don’t quit.”
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