Follow up Friday: From Healthy to Heart Failure at 37

For Meghan Stapleton, having “normal” problems is what makes her happy. “When you consider that at one point two years ago, I was basically ‘dead’, having regular problems, living a typical life, is monumental for me,” said Stapleton. In the summer of 2017, Stapleton began having pain and numbness in her left arm. She couldn’t [Continue Reading]

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Life-saving surgery allows college-bound teen to finish basketball career on his own terms

By Meredith Whittemore Garett Pineault recognized that his senior year of high school basketball would be his last one. But a rare condition put that special season in jeopardy. After nearly a decade of playing, Garett is headed to Texas A&M in the fall and collegiate sports weren’t in his plans, barring the intramural or [Continue Reading]

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An Especially Meaningful Mother’s Day After Surviving Cardiac Arrest

By Meredith Whittemore This year’s Mother’s Day could’ve been a tough one for Janet Mendoza. Several months prior, she was at risk of losing her mother, Amada Mendoza, after she experienced cardiac arrest. “She was complaining of chest pain and feeling ‘burpy.’ I just thought it was acid reflux or something,” Janet Mendoza said. She [Continue Reading]

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Going Back to College with a New Heart

By Meredith Whittemore “Ma’am, do you know why I pulled you over?” It’s the question drivers worry will soon be followed by a traffic citation. But Shelby Rab’s driver had a unique reason for speeding that gained her leniency. “She told the officer, ‘We’ve got to get to Houston to get her a new heart!’ [Continue Reading]

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“Warrior Baby” Overcomes Onslaught of Health Challenges before Her First Birthday

By Evan Koch Peyton McNeel is a happy baby. She loves talking to elephants at the zoo, watching her family’s dog and cat, and listening to her dad, Andrew, play guitar. Behind Peyton’s glowing smile, dimpled chin and dark hazel eyes is a fighting spirit as innate as her affability. “Peyton is my miracle,” said [Continue Reading]

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Searching for the Other Half of Daniel’s Heart and Finding Our Miracle, Our Team

By Staci Geiger I sat in the chair in the conference room, hands clasped, lips pursed. The tension that radiated from my head and shoulders was almost palpable among the three of us. My husband, Brian, my mom, and I had driven four hours in the early morning for a fetal echocardiogram at The Fetal [Continue Reading]

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