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Photo: Woman holds her own heart

After surviving cancer and heart failure, the woman appears healthy with a new functioning heart inside her

By Alice Philipson
The Telegraph

The woman, named as Penny by her friend Kelsey on photo sharing website Imgur, can be seen wearing a medical mask as she grips what appears to be her old heart.

'Penny' now has a new fully-functioning heart following the operation, her friend revealed on the site.

Posting the image of Penny on Imgur, Kelsey said: "[Penny] is holding her own heart. She has survived cancer and crippling heart failure and never lost hope."

Full story: Woman pictured holding own heart after transplant

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Andrew Reece Coon Andrew Reece Coon Thursday, January 17, 2013 11:57:48 AM That also appears to be rather enlarged for her size. That's incredible.
Frank Kent Frank Kent Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:05:46 PM All I know is that I hope and pray that this is a true story, and if so, bless her for over coming such great odds. To be able to take a picture like that, after what she has been through, would just be incredible!
Ashley Furman Ashley Furman Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:10:22 PM Wow that is such a miracle! My brother in law had a heart transplant a little over a year and a month ago. It was a long fought battle of survival that started June 25,2011 and he ended up geting a TAH (Total Artificial Heart) and then recieved his new heart on Dec 10, 2011. He survived through so much and is a miracle he is alive today and I am grate for for him and how strong my sister (his wife) was for him the entire time.
Douglas Fisher Douglas Fisher Thursday, January 17, 2013 2:11:33 PM I had a left ventricular viral myopothy in 1997, heart was three times its normal size, the Drs at yale New haven did a operation that got more circulation over heart, and my name was taken off transplant list, Thank the Lord.
Rey Dulce Rigor Rey Dulce Rigor Friday, January 18, 2013 12:33:07 PM Lucky you..
Lori Jean Lynk Lori Jean Lynk Saturday, January 19, 2013 8:44:51 PM Douglas, it is awesome that you were able to overcome the odds and survive. Kudos to you and your doctors.
Ram On Ce Ram On Ce Monday, January 21, 2013 2:07:11 PM That must be awkward to think: 'Now what am I supposed to do with it?'. Anyway it's great news she made it.
Kimberley Oliver Kimberley Oliver Friday, February 22, 2013 8:51:30 PM This is why I am an organ donor!

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