Kai Jackson was there when he made a very important pitch.
Michael Yater winds up, releases the ball and throws the perfect first pitch at Oriole Park.
Yater, who’s from Essex, is a transplant recipient. Inside his chest is the heart of David Desabla, the son of Diane DeHaven.
“It was hard for me to realize that somebody had to pass away for me to be able to live,” said Michael Yater, transplant recipient.
Desabla, an organ donor, died in a skiiing accident in Western Maryland in February 2010.
Yates was critically ill after suffering from caridomyopathy deterioration of the heart muscle.
Neighbors and several snow plows, helped him battle through blizzard bound streets to the hospital for surgery when Desabla’s heart became available.
“He was able to receive a heart of someone to keep them alive. And it’s not my son,” said Diane DeHaven, mother.
April is “Donate Life Month” in Maryland and Michael and Diane, were asked to be part of the ceremonial first pitch at the Orioles/Detroit game on Thursday.
More than 2,000 people are on the critical donor waiting list in Maryland.