Jessica Danielson, 29, left her television production job and apartment for Rochester in early December, when doctors told her she needs not only one, but two life-saving organ transplants.
“I didn’t realize how sick I was,” Danielson said. “I was diagnosed at age 19 with restrictive cardio myopathy, and that led to congestive heart failure.”
The diagnosis means her heart doesn’t fully relax between beats and properly fill with blood. A heart transplant was always a reality, but the prolonged problem caused permanent liver damage.
“When they told me, well, you need a liver, I was really surprised. And then when they said I needed to live here, I almost didn’t believe them,” Danielson said.
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