This is so bittersweet!!!
A California mother who lost her seven-month old baby in June 2013 was able to hear his heart beating again this week — in the body of a four-year old girl.
Heather Clark was a new mom nearly three years ago when her son Lukas died suddenly.
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During the pain and anguish that followed, she decided to donate his organs so that other families wouldn't have to go through the same pain she had felt.
One of those organs — Lukas' heart — made its way to Jordan Drake, who was born with a congenital heart defect and spent the first two years of her young life going through six heart surgeries and other serious medical issues.
In the ensuing two years after Lukas' heart was donated to Jordan, Clark and Jordan's mother, Esther Gonzalez, had kept in touch by phone, mail, and social media — until this week.
Now, more than two years after the heart transplant,
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Suitulaga Hunkin found out he needed a new heart when he was just 26 years old.
Originally he thought it was heat stroke, but it turned out to be cardiomyopathy — and his heart was too weak to return to an un-stretched state.
Even though he was about 300 pounds, he thought he was healthy. He lifted weights regularly and everything, so he hadn't been worried about his health even though he knew he was technically overweight. He didn't understand just how serious the situation was
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So, so many jokes.
But we'll keep them to ourselves considering the man's condition.
Yes, former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent heart surgery, getting a new heart after being on the heart transplant list for 20 months.
He is said to be doing well.
The Cheney family gave an update on his condition by releasing the following statement:
"Although the former Vice President and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift.
Former Vice President Cheney is thankful to the teams of doctors and other medical professionals at Inova Fairfax and George Washington University Hospital for their continued outstanding care."
The 70-year-old has suffered five heart attacks since 1978.
Good to hear he's recuperating well, though.
Get some rest before you go out and enjoy that new heart of yours!
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This guy has heart!
Actually, he has two.
A man now has two hearts after undergoing a rare surgery called a heterotopic heart transplant in which doctors attached a second heart to the right side of his chest.
Dr. Michael Madani, associate professor of surgery and co-director of the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, explained the procedure in a statement:
"Even though Mr. Smith was facing death, he could not have a standard heart transplant. Removing the old heart and replacing it with a new heart would have caused the new heart to fail because resistance to flow in his lungs-called pulmonary hypertension-was so high. But together, the two hearts share the work and get the job done."
Check out the crazzzy footage above to see what two beating hearts look like!
Guess it's true what they say. Two hearts are better than one! Ha!
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Brandy has a very special fan!
16 year old Jessica Harris is suffering from hypoplastic left heart syndrome and is in need of a heart transplant. Due to complications insurance will not be able to pay for the transplant until January and Brandy wants to help.
Jessica Harris and Brandy are both from McComb, MS and Brandy hears about Jessica from her mother who read the local paper in McComb.
Jessica has been a fan of Brandy since she was a little girl and she has always looked up to her.
When Brandy found out about Jessica she was so touched that invited her to Los Angeles so they could meet.
Brandy introduced Jessica to her own family, and they celebrated Jessica's birthday, which is coming up next month. during Jessica's stay Brandy made sure she had fun, including a limousine pick-up, a mani-pedi, dinner together Sunday and an opportunity to watch her perform live on Dancing with the Stars.
Brandy wants people to hear about Jessica's story. She hopes people can donate money to help her get her transplant.
We hope Jessica does get her heart transplant soon! We are sending our good thoughts her way!
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