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Ten months later, former Ithaca schoolteacher gets heart transplant

Ten months later, former Ithaca schoolteacher gets heart transplant

A retired Ithaca schoolteacher who waited almost a year for a heart transplant got his wish last week.

Fred Knewstub taught math and special education at Dewitt Middle School for nearly 30 years. Last week, he underwent a successful heart transplant.

Dr. Eugene Storozynsky is Knewstub’s transplant cardiologist. He said Knewstub’s healthy lifestyle played a big role in his success.

“He maintained himself in excellent shape by trying to walk regularly, maintaining his physical conditioning, and continuing to eat well while he was in the hospital,” Dr. Storozynsky said.

A fundraiser is behind held this Saturday at Dewitt Middle School to help offset Knewstub’s medical costs. You can find more information here.

Listen to an interview with Fred Knewstub (August 2013)

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