Brockport teen receives heart transplant, advocates hope to inspire new organ donors

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A Brockport high school student got a second chance at life thanks to an organ donor. Advocates hope that his story will encourage more people to register to be an organ donor as the state’s registration ranks as the second lowest in the country. 

Zach Losee was fighting for his life in October of last year with what his parents thought he had a simple cold turned into a viral infection.

“Then my body created antibiotics and it that attacked my heart,” said Losee. 

Zach had to be flown to New York’s Presbyterian hospital to further his treatment where they’ve learned he needed a heart transplant. The chances of him finding a match were low since his heart is negative- O. But Zach got lucky. 

“Overwhelmed definitely to know that I got one so fast with such little time,” said Losee.  “I got a second chance at life.” 

His family is truly grateful for the efforts of the doctors, but most importantly, they’re grateful for the organ donor that helped save Zach’s life.

“His life will continue on through the selfless act of somebody making that decision,” said Julie Prest, Zach’s mother. 

“Why to save a life when it’s free,” said Losee.

Since his heart transplant, Zach has been in physical therapy and has gotten a lot of support from the community and is he’s anxious to go back to school.

“Obviously my friends and all my teachers going back to their normal lifestyle that I was used to,” said Losee. 

He hopes that one day he’ll meet the donor the saved his life. Zach adds that once he finishes high school, he wants to study architectural design or cardiology. 

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