Man Says He Missed Out On Life-Saving Heart Transplant Amid Cancellations

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  • An Alaska man told CNN’s Poppy Harlow on Thursday he recently missed out on a life-saving heart transplant after thousands of flights were canceled amid a travel crunch.
  • Harlow said Patrick Holland was supposed to fly from Alaska to Seattle to get a much-needed heart transplant just weeks after getting on the transplant list, but several of his flights were canceled because of a storm.
  • Holland said he and his family arrived at the airport for their first flight, which was scheduled with Alaska Airlines, but upon arrival they found out the flight had been canceled due to the weather.
  • An airline employee managed to book another flight for Holland, but that flight was then diverted to Anchorage after four hours in the air.

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