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Woman gets dropped heart transplant

Published 25/01/2012 | 05:13

Erika Hernandez received a heart that was dropped on the ground while being transported to a hospital
Erika Hernandez received a heart that was dropped on the ground while being transported to a hospital

A heart that was dropped on the ground while being transported to a hospital has been successfully transplanted into a 28-year-old hair stylist.

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Dr Jaime Saldivar said Erika Hernandez does not yet know that her new heart made national news in Mexico when a medic stumbled and the plastic-wrapped heart tumbled out of a cooler onto the street two weeks ago.

Dr Saldivar said it will be up to the family to tell her.

A rosy-cheeked Ms Hernandez spoke briefly with reporters and thanked the donor's family, saying: "I have no words to express what I'm feeling right now."

Ms Hernandez was born with a congenital heart defect.

She received the heart of a man who died in a car accident.

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