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July 20, 2016

Birthday Heart: Young Transplant Patient Receives Birthday Gift of a Lifetime

By Ali Skahan

Do you remember writing your birthday wish list when you were a kid? Telling your parents all about the latest and greatest toys you wanted, and then plotting with your friends how you were going to play with them. For some kids, receiving a second chance at life has become the only gift they care about – and that gift was given to 10-year-old Joseph Gonzalez-Salas last July, on his 11th birthday. Joseph was living with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that negatively affects the way the heart pumps blood. Mayo Clinic pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Johnson, and his team who performed the heart transplant recently reflected on their time with Joseph, mentioning that he, his brother and his parents have become part of the Mayo family. Learn more about Joseph’s story here.


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