While the surgical team was preparing to start the operation, the surgeon's cell phone rang. On the other end was the transplant coordinator, alerting him that a new heart for transplantation had been located.
With Hill still under general anesthesia, her fiancé, Joseph Berry, completed the consent paperwork and anxiously waited to see if the donor heart would be a good match. Against all odds, it was.
"What happened that morning for Miss Hill met the classic definition of a miracle," said cardiac surgeon Rashid Ahmad, M.D. "She delivered a baby six months ago and had antibodies which would pretty much reject most donor hearts."
Hill began to experience heart trouble after she gave birth in October. She experienced chest pain and was taken to a cardiac catheterization lab where doctors discovered a tear in her left anterior artery.