31-Year-Old Heart Transplant Survivor Dies Hours After Giving Birth

Good Housekeeping | Samantha Brodsky
This past Sunday, Christian music artist Nathan Johnson put his wife Megan to rest after she died just eight hours following the birth of their little girl.

Around 2:40 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, the 31-year-old first-time mom gave birth to Eilee Kate in what appeared to be a smooth delivery, CNN reports.

Johnson posted to Instagram, celebrating the arrival of their daughter: "Happy Birthday Eilee Kate Johnson. Megan was/is a professional and feels great. Her heart worked perfectly the whole time and Eilee introduced herself quickly and smooth. I am a rich man!!!"

"They were so excited, they couldn't sleep, so they spent time with the baby and talked all morning," Josh Wilson, longtime friend and band mate, told Washington Post.

According to CNN, Megan was able to hold and feed her baby at least once. Then, after about six hours, she started having trouble. By 11 a.m. she tragically passed away.

In 2002, Megan was diagnosed with myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle commonly caused by a virus. A then-15-year-old student athlete at North Country Christian School in Missouri, she gave up sports and went on medication, reports St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Continue reading

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