Fairview heart transplant patient shares story

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Nearly 100,000 Americans are on a transplant waiting list. Donate Life launched a campaign called, "The Human Side of Donation," sharing the personal stories of people impacted by transplants.

A woman from Fairview will be sharing her story in the state-wide effort. 21 year old Brittany Grimm received her transplant at 11 years old. She's celebrating her 10 year anniversary with her new heart. She says she owes her life to her organ donor.

The Human Side of Donation Campaign is meant to encourage more people to register as organ donors. Coordinators say this effort gives people a chance to understand the impact of donation on a personal level.

"I never take a day for granted," says Grimm, "I wake up every day and thank my donor, just because I wouldn't be here today if he wasn't my donor." At nine years old, doctors told her parents she had Restrictive Cardiomyapothy, a condition that causes the heart to stiffen up and stop pumping blood. Thanks to organ donation, she's been given a second chance. Continue reading

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