Local man recovering after heart transplant surgery

first_imgTom Sawyer at a past Rotary Club event.BOSTON, Mass. – A longtime banker and Chesterville resident is currently recovering from a successful heart transplant procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital.Tom Sawyer is a well-known member of the community, having spent 42 years as an employee of Franklin Savings Bank and participated in a number of different fundraising events. Those activities came to a halt on Aug. 11, after Sawyer suffered a heart attack at his residence.According to Camillia Yeaton, a family friend, Sawyer has been hospitalized since that incident, his first heart attack. He was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital, then Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Then, on Aug. 16, Sawyer suffered a second heart attack. He was transferred to Mass General for heart surgery, at which point two mechanical pumps were placed in his chest. Sawyer began working to regain his strength and prepare for the possibility of a heart transplant.Sawyer was placed on the heart transport list on Nov. 11. On Nov. 16, according to Yeaton, he went through the 9.5 hour-long surgery that concluded with Sawyer getting a new heart.“Tom has made a miraculous recovery but he has a long road ahead,” Yeaton said.It’s anticipated that Sawyer will remain at Mass General for a while, before going to a rehabilitation center. Following his release from that facility, Yeaton said, Sawyer and his wife, Roni, will remain in the Boston area for three to five months in an apartment.“He has been there for many in need,” Yeaton said, “and can’t wait until he is back on his feet once again doing what he loves.”Cards and well wishes for Sawyer can be directed to Mass General Hospital at 55 Fruit Street, Ellison Way, 8th floor, Boston MA 02114.An account has been established at Franklin Savings Bank for anyone seeking to make a donation to Tom Sawyer and his family. Checks can be dropped off at FSB locations or mailed to PO Box 825; Farmington ME 04938.last_img read more

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Rohr set to unleash new players against Ukraine

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that he is prepared to test new players in Tuesday’s friendly game against Ukraine. The Franco-German, who was not in any way despondent, stated this when he addressed the pre-match press conference on Monday. He stated: “This game is a big opportunity for us to begin our build-up towards the 2021 AFCON and the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. “Some of our key players retired from the team after the last AFCON in Egypt and some others are not here owing to injuries and other issues. “We have some new and young players here so it is a good opportunity to see what they can bring to the team. “We hope for a good game against a very solid team playing at home.” Stand-in captain William Ekong said: “Ukraine is a strong team with a lot of very good players across Europe. “I know a few of those in Italy where I play. “This game is definitely going to be very tough but we will give our best and also make it very difficult for them. “I believe it will be a very good game.” A camp source hinted that the young guns are, however, rearing to go, seeing the situation as an opportunity to win the heart of Coach Rohr and be considered part of the mainstream going forward. Germany-based goalkeeper Maduka Okoye is in camp to give Francis Uzoho and Ikechukwu Ezenwa a stiff fight for the number one shirt, while usual suspects Olaoluwa Aina, Chidozie Awaziem, Leon Balogun, Jamilu Collins and William Ekong will try to ward off the challenge of Semi Ajayi (listed as defender) and returnee Bryan Idowu at the rear. In the middle, Oghenekaro Etebo and Alex Iwobi should be ahead of returnee Anderson Esiti and new boy Joseph Aribo. It remains to be seen how Kelechi Iheanacho will fit into the middle equation. The fore is brimming with youth and vitality with Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Paul Onuachu and Samuel Kalu all available, alongside new birds Joshua Maja and Emmanuel Dennis. Italian referee Paolo Valerie will take charge of proceedings at the 31,000-capacity arena, with his compatriots Alessandro Costanzo and Stefano Alassio assisting, while Ukrainian Vitaliy Romanov will serve as fourth official. Ukraine, like most jurisdictions of the former Soviet Union, broke off from the collapsed mother nation in 1991. Both the Ukraine Football Association and the country’s senior team came into existence also in 1991. Nigeria and Ukraine have never met at senior level, but a group phase clash at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland earlier in the summer ended 1-1. Ukraine eventually won the championship.Tags: 2021 AFCONAFCONGernot RohrSuper Eagleslast_img read more

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