Heart transplant

Bride advances wedding day to get life-saving heart transplant

An Indiana woman was due to be married in four days when she received a call that a life-saving transplant was available.

Kimberly Woods got the call that a donor heart was available just four days before her wedding. She told her future husband, Tony, and they rushed down the aisle.

Woods discovered she needed a new heart six months prior. She had been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This is an often genetic heart condition that can make the heart muscle abnormally thick, making it harder to pump blood.

Her doctor at the Cleveland Clinic said the condition often went undiagnosed. Most people with the condition have few or no symptoms, but may experience shortness of breath, chest pain, or even fainting after exercise. Other symptoms include a rapid heartbeat, heart murmur, or ankle swelling.

It’s been just over five months since Woods received her new heart and she’s doing well. The couple plan to hold a grand wedding reception in June.

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Woods wore her rehearsal dinner dress for the rushed ceremony and can’t wait to wear her wedding dress for the first time.

The couple are also planning a honeymoon.

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