Gearing up for the 2014 Transplant Games

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(WGNO) There’s a team of athletes from Louisiana who are doing something extraordinary.  They are all transplant recipients and they are competing in the Transplant Games of America in Houston, Texas.

Tyrone Cooper is one of the athletes going for the gold.  Cooper received a heart transplant, which he’s eternally grateful for.

“If I hadn’t got the heart, I know I wouldn’t be here, ” he said.

Cooper’s been training at Elmwood Fitness for the upcoming Transplant Games.

He received his heart from a man from Houma who had an aneurysm.  The man’s family donated his organs.

Getting a heart transplant has given Tyrone a new life.  He’s now using his heart in ways he never thought possible.

Tyrone’s excited to be competing in the Transplant Games.

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