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Mahogany Simmons: Always have faith

Mahogany Simmons, transplant recipient

I was diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) at 19-years-old, I had a defibrillator and pacemaker for four years. Everything started to get better. I had a job, I had a relationship, and I have family around to support and love me. But, my heart started failing again.

I was on the transplant list for two days before the doctors came in and told me that they had a heart ready for me. I was so nervous and excited I was just overall overwhelmed. I’ve had the transplant now for almost two years and I’m doing things that I know I couldn’t have done without it. Even the simple things I wouldn’t live to see, I’m so grateful for the donor and grateful that I have the chance to live a second life, to take back my life that I deserve.

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