Utah Woman Gets Second Chance at Life with New Heart Transplant

Good4Utah | Nadia Crow

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 UTAH) - Five year journey ends for a Utah woman with not one, but two new hearts. We first introduced you to Ashley Irvin two years ago when the 23-year-old had a massive stroke. After several other major medical operations, Ashely's turned the corner on her health.

"She's a fighter. Nothing can stop her. She did really well," said Intermountain Medical Center Cardiac Surgeon Dr. William Caine.

Fighter, relentless, brave, strong and a slew of other inspiring words describe Ashley Irvin.

"For some reason, I got this disease. For some reason, I knew I could beat it," said heart transplant recipient Ashley Irvin.

We first met her two years ago, after a massive stroke sent her to the hospital. She kept fighting to get back to her normal life, but her diagnosis is far from common.

"Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy: idiopathic being we don't know what caused. It could've been a virus that caused her immune system to attack her own heart," said Dr. Caine. Continue reading