Grateful Heart Patient Gives Unique Gift to Nebraska Heart

It’s not every day that a small town rancher has to undergo heart surgery on the same day that one of his horses gives birth to a colt.

Steve Shermer of Bartlett, Nebraska, was a patient at CHI Health Nebraska Heart last April where he underwent double bypass surgery. To show his appreciation for what he said was extraordinary care he received by the nursing staff, he pledged to donate the proceeds from the sale of a colt that was born the day of his surgery to the St. Elizabeth/Nebraska Heart Foundation. 

The colt’s mother’s name, “Barron’s Whiskey,” inspired the family to name their newest arrival “Barron’s First Bypass”.

“It was a pretty quick decision to have the surgery - from Thursday to Monday,” Shermer explained, adding that this was the first time in his life he had experienced a heart issue. “I didn’t really know what to expect, and the nurses were excellent and did such a good job of explaining what was going to happen. They were so friendly and knowledgeable, and also walked me through all of what to do for recovery.” 

Sherman, who is married, a father of two and grandfather of six, added: “Everyone on staff are just really good people.”

The colt’s auction took place on Sept. 11, bringing in $2,700 that Sherman generously donated toward a new heart and lung machine at the hospital.  

Watch the heartwarming news story in the patient’s own words.