After giving birth to her third child eight years ago, Cherron Gilmore got the devastating news that she had developed a potentially fatal heart condition, peripartum cardiomyopathy, which affects women after childbirth. She says it was so extreme, walking to the bathroom felt like a marathon and at 37, the North Carolina mom was in need of a transplant.
Gilmore was hospitalized in August but after three hospitals declined to put her on the transplant waitlist, she was discouraged that she’d get the new heart she needed to survive. She began preparing to die, writing letters to her children to read in the future and such and then she tried a fourth hospital, VCU in Richmond, Virginia. That’s where her life changed and she met what she calls her “dream team.”
Dr. Daniel Tang inspired hope in Gilmore once again by telling her he didn’t believe she was too much of a risk for a heart transplant. First, he gave her a total artificial heart to get her by until they found a donor transplant. And about a month later, Gilmore got the call and went to get her second heart, this one she gets to keep. Now she’s home for the holidays with her family, something she wasn’t sure she’d ever get to experience again.
“I woke up and felt like a brand new person,” Gilmore explains. “I put my life in them and they breathed it back into me. I haven’t felt like this in a long time.”
Source: CBS News