Heart transplant recipient released from hospital on Valentine’s Day
A New Jersey woman received the ultimate Valentine's Day gift - a new heart.
Lisa Salberg says that she has lost many family members to a disease known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It is an inherited cardiac disease that she has dealt with since she was 12 years old.
Salberg founded a group that educates people about the condition. On Valentine's Day she left Newark Beth Israel hospital with a new transplanted heart, and a new lease on life.
"Today is National Donor Day, and I honor my donor family," she says. "I do want to say that for 71 days while I waited for a heart, I never prayed for a heart. I prayed that when the time came that a family needed to make a decision, that they'd make the right decision to choose life."
Salberg says that she is actually having her original heart preserved so she can use it to show people what the condition does to a heart.