Organ donor saves one woman's life with a new heart

WNDU | Maureen McFadden
It's a medical mystery. The causes of giant cell myocarditis are unknown.

The rare disorder inflames and destroys the heart muscle and other cells.

The inflamed cells fuse together... Forming abnormal masses called macrophages.

Individuals who suffer from this disorder may develop abnormal heartbeats, chest pain and, eventually, heart failure.

Many people eventually need a heart transplant to survive.

Brenda Kapp exercised regularly, ate well, and hardly ever got sick.
“I had started just short of breath and wheezing,” Kapp explains.

She went to the doctor thinking it was asthma, not her heart, and certainly not giant cell myocarditis, a heart disease so rare doctors only see three to four cases a year. Several opinions later led Brenda to the Cleveland Clinic’s ICU. Continue reading
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