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Mountie tracks down B.C. organ recipient who was out of cell reception when match was found

(Photo credit: CTV News)
(Photo credit: CTV News)

VANCOUVER — Ray Bruce almost missed out on his recent heart transplant.

At the age of 70, the B.C. man has a brand new heart beating in his chest, and it’s thanks to a committed RCMP officer who tracked him down while he was out of cell reception.

Bruce had a heart attack while chopping wood in 2019 on Lasqueti Island, off the east coast of Vancouver Island, where he lives with his wife Suzie.

The doctor said they only had about 12 hours to get him to St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver to complete the surgery.

Click here for the full story on CTV News.

Similar stories can be found on the following media outlets: The Chronicle Herald, Cowichan Valley Citizen, West Island Community Blog News, and Vernon Morning Star.