Heart transplant patient receives visit from Rob Gronkowski


Twenty-seven-year-old Lauren Meizo has already had one heart transplant, but she experienced complications and now needs another.

While she is waiting for a new heart, she received a special visit from Patriots star Rob Gronkowski.

“He peeked his head around the corner and he had the biggest smile on his face,” Lauren told 22News. “He came in and gave me a big hug and my nerves and my nurse told me my heart rate was going up and up and up. But after a couple of minutes it was like being with a friend.”

He signed several autographs during his visit.

Lauren was diagnosed this summer with severe heart failure and given a 5 percent change of surviving surgery. She survived and was doing well enough to be taken off the transplant list, but then she got the same symptoms and had to be put back on the list.

It’s a phone call Lauren knows could come at any time and doctors are trying to find her the perfect match based on blood type, age, size and other factors.

Lauren’s friends are holding a benefit for her at the Waterfront Tavern in Holyoke on June 29.
You can learn more about her story on the Strength in a Heartbeat website or their GoFundMe page.

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