One of my colleges and friends in the Norwegian Association for Heart Lung Transplants (FHLT) Rolf Berntsen died yesterday after being seriously sick for a long period.
Rolf was Heart Transplanted in 1991 and have, although fighting side effects related to required medication connected to transplantation, experienced a prolongation of his life with 17 years. In 13 of these years Rolf was part of the board of FHLT.
I became acquainted to Rolf in 1999 when entering the same board, and had a giving cooperation with him in many challenges for the interest of persons with seriously heart failures.
Rolf´s integrity, special strength and attitude became even more visible when his stepdaughter fell in love with (and later married to) the Crown Prince of Norway.
In the Norwegian Newspapers Fedrelandsvennen and VG (among others) the sad news are covered., and FHLT / LHL own websites have of course honored Rolf.
When friends pass away our thoughts always goes to those left behind. I myself also want to remember Rolf for the energy he put into the job of creating the best for us heart transplanted, of which he received the highest award in FHLT "The golden Heart" in 2005.
Thanks for your effort.