27-Year-Old Woman Awaiting Transplant Stunned When Hero Walks Through Hospital Room Door


One woman in Massachusetts is on a long list of people waiting for a heart transplant and has been stuck in the hospital for three months.

Lauren Meizo suffers from a rare form of Muscular dystrophy and has been living at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as she waits for the new organ.

This transplant will be the 27-year-old’s second new heart in five years — the heart she received in 2013 has failed. She is also waiting for a kidney transplant.

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“I had so much fun the first time, I wanted to up the ante,” Meizo joked in a video she made on March 25.

Meizo posted a video on YouTube asking for her hero to come visit her in the hospital as she waits for the transplant.

“The reason I am making this video is I would love for Rob Gronkowski – Gronk – from the New England Patriots to come deliver the news of when I get the call. If that is too much pressure I understand, but I will allow you to have a meet and greet with me anytime you want because I’ve got nothing but time right now,” the Patriots fan said.

The Patriots tight end received the message and visited Meizo on April 2.

He and his brother Gordie showed up at Meizo’s hospital room bearing gifts — a signed jersey telling her to “stay strong” and an Ice Shaker bottle created by their other brother Chris.

Gronk hung out with Meizo for about 45 minutes, jokingly dancing like they were at prom and demonstrating his touchdown spike.

“It was incredible. He was so down to earth,” Meizo said. “My nerves were gone once we started talking. It was like a dream come true.”

Apparently, Meizo’s video convinced the NFL star to come visit because she said that she would “allow a meet and greet” with herself.

Meizo is still waiting for news on when she is going to receive her transplant, but she doesn’t think it will be too much longer.

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“I’m at the top of the list, that’s all I know,” she said. “They say (I’m) the next. Or should I say, they smile when I asked if I’m next. The doctors, that is.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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