Jersey Proud: Retired Newark detective gets second chance with heart transplant

Charles Upshaw received a new heart this spring. He was able to attend his son’s wedding just 23 days later.

Matt Trapani and Kurt Siegelin

Jun 21, 2023, 2:31 AM

Updated 358 days ago

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A retired Newark police detective got a second chance at life, thanks to a heart transplant.
Charles Upshaw received a new heart this spring. He was able to attend his son’s wedding just 23 days later.
"There's nothing in the world I wouldn't do for you. Like being here today. Even if I had to escape from the hospital, I was going to be here today,” Upshaw told his son at the wedding.
Upshaw underwent surgery at Newark Beth Israel Hospital under heart surgeon Dr. Margarita Camacho.


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