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Megan's heart transplant a success

Megan Edney was out of surgery and recovering on Tuesday afternoon after a successful heart transplant.

"Megan has a new heart!" her father, County Commission Chair Michael Edney, said in a Facebook post. 

"Transplant is complete and the doctors say everything went as planned. We will get to see her soon, couple hours or so. Only known issue is her lungs and the doctors feel that they can address them. Surgeon said her heart was as big as his head when it should have been the size of his fist. Praise God! Today was huge but she has a long journey ahead, please continue to pray for her and our family."

Edney also thanked the donor family, who has not been identified.

"Please Lord, somehow let the donor family know our eternal gratitude and be with them now and forever. We will always feel a very special connection."

"Miracles do happen," Edney said in a post Tuesday morning after the family learned that Megan was headed for heart transplant surgery at 10 a.m. today.

Megan, 14, has been hospitalized since May 31 at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte with heart failure. She was put on a machine that pumps her heart for her while she awaited a transplant, the only thing that the cardiac specialists said would save her. It was thought the wait could be three months or longer. Instead, miraculously, it's been seven days.

"At about 11 p.m. yesterday evening we received a phone call saying that a donor heart match has been found for our daughter Megan," Edney, the chair of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, wrote in a Facebook post and text message. "As you can imagine, today will be one of the most important days of our lives. Her surgery will begin around 10am and will last most of the day."

"Please keep your thoughts and prayers coming because we know first hand of the power of prayer. The doctors have told us that’s it’s not common to receive a heart transplant so quickly. We are beyond blessed and praise God everyday."
Earlier, on Saturday night, Edney wrote about Megan was getting stronger. "She now has her next mountain to climb - a 14 year old child/young women - emotionally, psychologically and spiritually processing what has happened and what she still faces!" he said.

Although she can't have visitors, she can receive cards and letters. Send letters to:

Megan Edney - PICU

Levine’s Children’s Hospital
1000 Blythe Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203