THE POST-CRESCENT | Ethan Safran
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