'Young at heart' - Muscatine woman receives dual organ transplant

Quad City Times | Melissa Caliger

MUCATINE, Iowa — An unexpected call came in at 2:30 a.m. and Brian Willits told his wife, Sue, “Pack your bags, we’re going to Mayo.” A road trip and whirlwind of emotion and excitement ensued, and about five hours later, Sue Willits was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., preparing for a heart and kidney transplant.

Just over three months later, Sue Willits is home and grateful for the new life she has been given after years of illness and suffering from a virus attacking her heart.

“I’m practically perfect!” said Willits, 57, who underwent the dual transplant on Dec. 14, 2015, and returned home on March 9. “I was able to come home a week early because I was doing so well.”

In April 2009, Willits discovered she had viral cardiomyopathy caused by a viral infection resulting in the heart to function poorly. Continue reading.
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