Celebrating 20 Years Since a Heart Transplant

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The world's first heart transplant was performed in 1967. Since then the world of medicine has grown tremendously and each day new technology is being introduced. As of 2001, the 10-year survival rate after a heart transplant was about 45 percent.

Diane Harden of Grand Junction past ten years and is now at twenty.

Harden had inherited a disease called cardamophy from her mother. When she was thirty five years old she went into congestive heart failure and was told a heart transplant was the only thing that would save her life.

Harden had a heart transplant at the University of Utah after waiting three months on the donor list.

She will have a party this upcoming weekend to celebrate her 20 years since the transplant.

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