Heart transplant recipient honours donor by living a life that gives back


As Wiremu Keepa approaches the 20-year anniversary of his heart transplant, he reflects on the gift that has made it possible for him to live and continue learning, giving back to his community, and experiencing the joy of his mokopuna.

A car accident and the surprise discovery of a heart condition was an unexpected turn of events for Wiremu who assumed he was fit and healthy. The former navy man was still active and regularly refereeing rugby on the weekends but struggling as each day wore on.

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