Herald News photo by Jack FoleyMarie Larner is celebrating 25 years of living, after her heart transplant, with children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Seen with her on the sofa are great grandsons David Medeiros, 9, and Andrew Machado, 2. Behind (from left) are: Marie's granddaughters Andrea Machado and Valerie Hill, who holds great grandson Elias Hill, 7 month old, her son in law Michael DeCosta, and her daughter Debra DeCosta.
“I would have been long gone,” Larner said.
Instead, Larner, 81, got to know her granddaughters as they grew up and saw the birth of three great-grandsons.
“It was worth it,” Larner said.
Larner was treated recently to a 25th anniversary heart transplant party. She received her gift of life at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in 1989. She was the first in this area to receive a heart transplant. Continue reading