A young Ferguson woman who received a last-minute heart transplant April 18 is awake and recovering, her father said Friday.
Megan Moss, 23, was brought out of an induced sleep Wednesday at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, according to her father, Wayne Moss.
Megan is still fairly weak and speaks only quietly at this point, which Moss said was expected.
“She gives us a smile and she’s talking very softly, she’s still a very quiet spirit right now,” Moss said. “Her bubbly, joking spirit isn’t all back yet.”
He said Megan was expected to be moved out of the ICU sometime this weekend or Monday, and physical therapy could begin after about a week. Megan has lost a lot of muscle mass during her illness, Moss said. Today, she stood for the first time since her surgery.
Megan was initially diagnosed with heart problems in 2002, Moss said. She was able to live a normal life for years, except that she had to take medication and wasn’t able to play sports. In November 2009, her condition worsened, and it was determined that she would need a heart transplant.
Last weekend, before a heart became available, doctors were preparing to insert a device that would temporarily help Megan’s condition, but which would take her out of the running for a heart for several months, Moss said. Saturday evening, the family was notified that a heart had become available, and the transplant took place Sunday morning.
“Today was better than yesterday, and tomorrow will be better than today,” Moss said.