Man receives new heart on Valentine's Day

John Pesavento was notified yesterday morning that a donor heart was available and he went into surgery last night.

John Pesavento was notified yesterday morning that a donor heart was available and he went into surgery last night. (2/15/16)

NEW HAVEN - A Bridgeport man is recovering in the hospital after getting a very special Valentine's Day gift - a new heart.

Yale-New Haven Hospital says John Pesavento, 60, was notified yesterday morning that a donor heart was available and he went into surgery last night.

Pesavento had been on the transplant list for the last year and was put on a left ventricle assist device in June after being diagnosed with end stage heart failure. 

Pesavento's doctor released a statement saying that while every day is a great day to save a life with a heart transplant, perhaps there is no better day than Valentine's Day. 

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