Chilton mom moves forward with new heart


April Miron talks with her son, Holden, 9, at their home in Chilton. "I want to see him grow up, I want to see him get married," she says of the heart transplant that promises to extend her life.(Photo: Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)
CHILTON - This Christmas, April Miron is happy — and lucky — to be alive.

Since this spring, the Chilton woman has had three open heart surgeries, including a transplant, after battles with sarcoidosis and leg and lung blood clotting that date back to 2010.

She's endured weeks-long hospital stints and a handful of emergency room visits, traveled back and forth to Madison's UW Hospital countless times and survived an 11-hour transplant surgery.

"I'm a fighter, I'm strong-willed," said Miron, 35, the mother of a 9-year-old boy.

Reflecting on her health on a recent Wednesday afternoon in her home, Miron said she's hopeful her ordeal will encourage more people to become organ donors.

"There's a long list of people who need them," she said. "If I wasn't given this chance, I would not be here." Continue reading