It was just over 45 years ago when the first human heart transplant was performed in South Africa. Now, about 2,000 transplant surgeries happen every year in the United States.
Larry McCauley of Idaho is part of that statistic. He's now 67, but on October 8, 1986, he had a heart transplant. Since then, McCauley has led a full life and works part time.
His friend Elise Daniel recently brought him to the StoryCorps booth in Boise to talk about his surgery and how it affected him.