'Sharing Miracles' Features Major League Baseball Star Aaron Boone

Jan 13, 2010, 16:26 ET from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Business Times recently reported that Major League Baseball star Aaron Boone is featured in January on 'Sharing Miracles' -- a 30-minute public affairs television program that tells the compelling and inspirational stories of real patients.

Boone is best known for an eleventh-inning, game-winning home run in the seventh game of the 2003 American League Championship Series, which clinched the series for the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox.

Speaking about his memorable hit -- rated the ninth best home run in history by ESPN's Baseball Tonight -- Boone says: "Just to have had a small place in the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry is very humbling. I'm reminded of it almost every day by people around the country, no matter what side of the fence they're on. It was an epic series, an epic game between two titans, and to be a part of it was special."

However, despite his notoriety for the home run, Boone says the at-bat most meaningful to him is one that almost never happened -- his first time at home plate following open-heart surgery.

While in college, Boone was diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve, a congenital heart defect that required yearly check-ups, but no treatment. That all changed in March 2009, when his cardiologist advised additional tests and a consultation with a surgeon. The decision was sobering, with Boone being told he needed open-heart surgery to correct his defect.

After successfully undergoing the procedure, however, he focused on his recovery and rehabilitation and eventually realized that he was strong enough to consider a return to the sport: "I could see my body respond each day, each week, each month. Seeing myself improve really helped push me further and helped me do the necessary things to keep getting better."

That September -- just seven months after being told that he needed open-heart surgery to live - Boone accomplished the unlikely and returned to baseball, playing first base for the Houston Astros in a game against the Chicago Cubs at historic Wrigley Field.

Also featured in this month's episode is Daiichi Sankyo scientist Dr. Michael Stein, who discusses heart disease and the current research being conducted to treat and combat the disease: "This is a very exciting time in heart research and a very exciting time to be helping patients in changing the way that medical care will be delivered in cardiology in the future." In fact, more than 300 potential new medicines are currently being studied for heart disease and stroke.

Sharing Miracles airs every week on more than 300 television stations nationwide. It is sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

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