HONOLULU (KHON2) – Sean Tiwanak is no stranger to adversity. He’s suffered from a viral infection in his chest leading to heart failure for over 15 years.
The local musician put his music career on pause to travel to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to pray for a heart transplant.
“One week ago, I was on a flat end bed on a balloon pump,” said Sean Tiwanak a heart transplant patient. “That’s one of the two sickest categories of patients and it could’ve taken months to get a heart.”
COVID-19 also forced Tiwanak to endure this journey alone.
“You don’t get visitors and it gets lonely and it gets hard. I think that’s where the health care professionals have really stepped forward to really help their patients and reach across the bed rail, so to speak,” Tiwanak said.
One of those health care professionals is Dr. Lily Stern.
“On my nighttime rounds,