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Local Teen Is Heart Hero

Brooke Haney, a heart transplant recipient will lead off the Centre County Heart and Stroke Walk

You're more likely to develop heart disease as you get older, but heart defects strike about 35,000 babies a year. One of those babies, born in 1994 will lead this year's centre county heart and stroke walk.

Brooke Haney from Bigler, loves being utdoors--especially when she's riding her pap's four-wheeler. She wants to be on the move, taking part in Special Olympics, or coaxing her dog uno to go for  a walk. Maybe it's because she's fought so hard to survive.

Brooke was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome--the left side of her heart wasn't fully developed.
She underwent her first open heart surgery, just 24 hours after birth. and two more surgeries by the time she was 17 months old.
 
Her mother Michelle Homman says, when Brooke was five her heart started to fail and she was put on the transplant list. She received a donor heart in November of 2000. Unfortunately, that heart began to fail several years later.

 
Brooke underwent a second heart transplant in  2009 and she's been doing pretty well ever since,  

Her mother says, "without the research and everything that's been done Brooke probably wouldn't be sitting beside me right now."

To join Broke and her mother on Sunday or for more information, go to Centre County Heart and Stroke Walk.


 

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