(BLOOMFIELD, NJ) - Tony Moyet of Bloomfield had an extra special reason to celebrate Independence Day this year as it marked the one-year anniversary of his life-saving double lung transplant at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey.
“My lungs are working great,” said Moyet. “My doctors are amazing people - miracle workers. I am truly humbled and forever grateful to the donor hero who gave me my new lungs.”
On September 11, 2001, Moyet was one of the heroic NY Waterway ferry captains who helped evacuate people from Manhattan following the attack on the World Trade Center. He continued to work at Ground Zero for another year and a half, ferrying personnel and supplies to the workers and first responders doing recovery. In 2018, Moyet began finding it difficult to breathe, and he was diagnosed with COPD and emphysema. Doctors attributed his condition to the contaminated air from Ground Zero. Thanks to his successful transplant, Moyet now looks forward to enjoying many more special moments with his family and friends and is focused on sharing his inspiring transplant story to help NJ Sharing Network spread awareness about the power of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
According to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), there are over 100,000 Americans – nearly 4,000 of whom live in New Jersey – waiting for a life-saving transplant. One organ and tissue donor can save eight lives and enhance the lives of over 75 others. To learn more, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit NJ Sharing Network’s website at www.NJSharingNetwork.org.
Photo Caption: Moyet (second from left) enjoying a precious moment with his wife, Arlene Rosado (far right); his daughter, Sophia Moyet (second from right); and stepchildren Justine and E.J. Hendrickson.
About NJ Sharing Network
Currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, NJ Sharing Network is the federally designated non-profit organization responsible for recovering donated organs and tissue in the Garden State. Last year, 233 generous individuals in New Jersey gave the gift of life, an all-time high for a single year. In addition, 42,112 eye and tissue donations healed and enhanced the quality of life for those in need. With headquarters in New Providence, NJ, the organization has been recognized by NJBIZ as one of the state’s “Best Places to Work” for five consecutive years.