Heart Transplant Gives 12-Year-Old Girl a Second Chance at Life - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Heart Transplant Gives 12-Year-Old Girl a Second Chance at Life

One year after a successful heart transplant at Cincinnati Children’s, 12-year-old Payton Herres is fulfilling her promise to give back to the community.

Payton was one of thousands of runners and walkers making their way through the streets of Cincinnati for the Mercy Health Heart Mini Marathon and Walk over the weekend.

Payton, who was born with Epstein’s Anomaly, a rare congenital heart disease, is doing well a year following her surgery. Wearing a shirt that stated, “I received my new heart on 3-18-2012. Be a donor, thank a donor,” Payton fulfilled her promise to give back to the American Heart Association.

“We’re also doing this for the donor family,” Payton’s father said. “We feel very appreciative of the sacrifice they gave to us, the heart my daughter was able to receive.”

The Herres family will also mark another milestone on March 28, when Payton celebrates her 13th birthday.

Read more about Payton’s story.

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