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Friday, April 14, 2006

Healing Hearts


Some hopeful news on this Holiday weekend, Slate.com reports

"A girl's failing heart healed itself while she used a donor heart.
Ten years ago, when she was a toddler, her heart was too big and weak, so doctors gave her a donor heart but left the original one inside her, still connected. Recently, her body rejected the donor organ, and when they opened her up, they found that the original organ had fixed itself. Reactions: 1) It's a miracle. 2) It's a tribute to the doctors who left the original heart inside her, just in case. 3) It validates the theory that some failing hearts suffer from inflammation and can recover if simply allowed to rest."

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