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Wash. Medic Gets New Heart

SEATTLE — Steve Goforth’s wait is over.

On Sunday afternoon, the 37-year-old Everett firefighter and paramedic got the page he had been waiting months to hear.

Medical teams at the University of Washington Medical Center told him to report immediately so they could begin preparing him for a heart transplant.

Goforth was diagnosed earlier this year with congestive heart failure.

The surgery began around midnight. It took surgeons about five hours to complete the transplant, Gloria Wildeman, a family friend, said Monday evening. She said she spent part of Sunday in the waiting room with Goforth’s family.

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