In February of 2010, Michael Yater underwent heart transplant surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The donated heart came from David DeSabla, 29, who died in a skiing accident. On April 7, 2011, Yater threw out the first pitch at that night's Baltimore Orioles game with David's mom Diane DeHaven at his side as part of a Donate Life month celebration.
Yater and DeSabla talk about the importance of organ donation, the impact this has had on their lives and how their families have formed a close bond through this life-changing experience. Yater was just two weeks away from receiving a mechanical heart when notified that a donor heart was available. Dr. Erika Feller, Yater's cardiologist at UMMC, says Yater's new heart is working well and that he's had few complications from DeSabla's heart.