She had a dying heart, now Madera woman has a new one and she is helping heart patients

FRESNO BEE | Barbara Anderson

For nearly six years, Dianna Amberg lived with a dying heart.

She had to rely on a pacemaker/defibrillator and a device placed inside her chest to help her weakened heart.

Amberg, 45, of Madera began to wonder if she would ever get a heart transplant and how long she could live at the mercy of the two mechanical devices keeping her alive.

Several times she would “flatline” and doctors revived her.

She relied on faith to never lose hope, and was rewarded eight months ago when she got a new heart.

Now she is pumping life into the Fresno chapter of Mended Hearts, a nonprofit peer-to-peer support organization for heart patients and their families.

I want them to know life is not over when something happens.

Dianna Amberg, recipient of a heart transplant. Continue reading