Fuchs gets new heart

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 1/19/00.

Madison Fuchs received a heart transplant on Wednesday, Jan 12, after being on the transplant list for seven weeks.

"Madison is doing great," her grandmother, Yvonne Fuchs, Lake Henry, said. "She is starting to move around and her condition is improving daily. She is a tough little girl."

Madison went into cardiac arrest on Monday, Jan. 10, and was near death. "The timing for her new heart couldn't have been better," Fuchs said. "She was barely alive."

Madison is in the intensive care unit at the Fairview-University Medical Center, Minneapolis.

Madison, the five-month-old daughter of Dennis and Linda Fuchs, St. Cloud, was discovered to have an enlarged heart in November caused by a condition called cardiomyopathy. The disease prevents the heart from pumping efficiently.

Jaren Winings is home early after transplant
Jaren Winings, eight-year-old son of Brad and Kayla Winings, Watkins, was sent home from the hospital last week, a month following his heart transplant.

Winings underwent the three-hour surgery on Saturday, Dec. 4, after his family learned a donor heart was available.

Jaren was expected to be in the hospital three months following his transplant, but was making such great progress, he was sent home early.

Jaren had been diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, a rare disease that reduces the flow of blood to the heart's chambers. He had been on the waiting list for a donor heart about two months.

Jaren hopes to return to school at the end of February.

Madison and Jaren had the same doctor perform their transplants, Dr. Cynthia Herrington.

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