Two healthy hearts – Brad and his son, Darby. (Photo by Alexandra Elizabeth Photography)

Before he had a life-saving heart transplant in 2007, Brad Biscornet was a warm-hearted, jovial, and active guy. He’s the same way today.

Despite being born with congenital heart disease, doctors were able to effectively manage Brad’s condition for many years. However, as his condition continued to decline and complications intensified during his early 30s, it became clear that he would need a heart transplant to save his life.

It did that and more.

Brad looked at his new gift as a way to not only save his life, but also to restore his life. It even inspired him to take on a role that wasn’t considered realistic before he received a new heart – fatherhood.

“Brad was so sick that we couldn’t look forward to doing something like that. We really didn’t know what kind of time Brad had left,” explains his wife, Mandra. “To be able to, a few years later, start a family has been just such a blessing for us.”

Their blessing – a son, Darby – arrived on March 9, 2012. Mandra had a normal pregnancy and delivery, and a fetal echocardiogram revealed a healthy heart for Darby.

Brad now is not only well enough to play with an energetic son, but also to fight fires. He resigned from the Tyngsborough (MA) Fire Department after his condition deteriorated in 2007, and one of his biggest post-transplant goals was to return to his hometown firefighting unit.

To become a firefighter again, Brad faced physical challenges at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy that would be considered difficult for anyone. That included dragging hoses while battling flames and carrying heavy equipment while climbing ladders.

“In fact, I think he was monitored much more closely than everybody else,” says Mandra. “They wanted to make sure nobody could say he slid under the radar.”

In 2012, he completed the 250 hours of classroom and hands-on training and graduated from the academy to become a certified firefighter once again. And he’s a certified emergency medical technician.

Thanks to a selfless donor, Brad’s life was saved. Now he’s ready to use that gift to help others.

– Chris P

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