And just in case the 54 months spent in treatment that finally ended in 2000 wasn't enough, the very next year, following the replacement of two of Kyle's joints, he was placed on the heart transplant waiting list, leading to an eventual transplant in 2006.
But survival wasn't enough for the then 35-year old. Just eleven months after transplant he crossed the finish line of his first triathlon. And on October 10, 2009, three years to the day after receiving his new heart, Kyle became the first heart transplant recipient to ever compete at the famous Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI.
"Kyle Garlett is truly the face of courage in [this] mind-blowing story of survival.
Kyle takes us on a journey that makes you gasp out loud at what he had to endure
physically and mentally year after year, yet also laugh out loud at his approach to it all.
This book is hard to put down."
- Phil Koeghan, founder of No Opportunity Wasted
and Emmy Award-winning host of The Amazing Race
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