Rusty Lawrence was born with a congenital heart defect. Doctors didn't expect him to live past the age of three. By age 43, Rusty was dying of congestive heart failure. His only hope was a heart transplant.
Rusty was referred to UR Medicine's nationally acclaimed Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation. After a three-month wait at Strong Memorial Hospital, he received a new heart—the day before his wife's birthday.
Rusty is enjoying the renewed energy he as a result of his new heart, and he is back to enjoying his favorite thing in the world: being around for his wife and two boys.Learn more about our Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation.