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Bridgeport man gets new heart on Valentine’s Day

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Pictured at Yale-New Haven Hospital Sunday morning in anticipation of receiving a new heart are, left to right, daughter Kristen Pesavento, patient John Pesavento and his wife Ruth, all from Bridgeport. [Credit: www.ynhh.org]

NEW HAVEN — Officials say a Bridgeport man received a new heart on Valentine’s Day.

John Pesavento had been on the donor list for a year after being diagnosed with end-stage heart failure due to complications from a heart attack he’d suffered two decades ago. He has been using a device to pump blood from his heart to the rest of his body.

A media relations coordinator at Yale-New Haven Hospital says Pesavento remains in serious condition, but is doing well and has had his breathing tube removed following the six-hour Sunday night surgery.

The 60-year-old was informed Sunday that a heart became available.

The family says they are grateful to the unknown donor.

Pesavento is expected to remain hospitalized for one to two weeks. He then faces a long recovery at home.