Scot Pollard, former NBA big man, is in need of a heart transplant due to a genetic condition that runs in his family. Because of his size, getting a heart is more difficult. He is currently in the ICU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center while he waits for one to surface. Pollard is 6-foot-11 and weighed 260 pounds when he played basketball. Few donor hearts can pump blood through his body. If he receives a heart from someone smaller than him, it could have a fatal outcome. He is determined to stay at the medical center until he receives a heart.
Pollard played for 11 seasons on five NBA teams and won a championship with the Celtics in 2008. He suffered a season-ending injury in February of that year. While playing for Kansas, he helped lead the Jayhawks to four straight Sweet Sixteen appearances. He served as a broadcaster and appeared on the reality TV show Survivor after his playing days. He has had health issues in the last three years, with his heart beating an extra 10,000 beats a day.
His father died at 54, and Pollard is the youngest of six, and everyone in his family is just as tall as he is. Some of his siblings have the same heart condition. His declining health has led to trying medications and ablations. He has had a pacemaker put in, but the best move is to get a transplant. Pollard was advised to register for the transplant list in as many places as possible within a four-hour radius to maximize the chances of getting a heart quickly. He is confident that he will get a heart in weeks, not months.