Saturday, July 03, 2010

Penny's Heart Update

For those of you who were unable to view the video of Penny's Heart because the video was deleted Friday, we have good news. The video was taken down to make some changes and has been posted at a new address. So we are rewriting and republishing this post.

We hope you will take a few minutes to watch this. It is a teary but happy story. We are sad for the family who made the unselfish decision to donate their dying child's heart so another might live. It was a brave thing to do.

Penny is a young girl who became very sick while visiting family out of state and had to spend the next several months in a California hospital. Her mother stayed in CA with her and her dad commuted on weekends. She needed a heart transplant to survive.

She is now home with her family. The transplant was successful but the risk of rejection is still high. We hope you will read Penny's story. It's short and succinct. A link to her site is below the video.

One of Jan's friends knows Penny and her parents (who have graciously allowed us to share this documentary with you) and he has been updating Jan on Penny's progress. We know this story will touch you.

If the video doesn't play, click here.

For Penny's story, visit Save A Penny.

Eeeeek!  We made a new post and deleted the old one, not thinking that we also deleted all your nice comments that Penny's family might enjoy reading.  :(  :(  :(  :(  :(  :(  :(  :(  We're all sad.  And sorry.


  1. I have a nephew who was born with a defective heart and had a transplant when he was a few weeks old. He is a happy, healthy teenager now and such a joy to be around.

  2. Thanks for rewriting and republishing the new post.
    Wishing you a fun, safe and well fed holiday.

  3. A wonderful reminder to Give Life, Jan! Please, if you haven't already registered, stop what you're doing and find out what you need to do to become an organ donor right now! Here's a handy guide, by state:

    Organ donation - it's the ultimate recycling!

  4. Thanks for posting this wonderful story and clip about Penny. She is an amazing little girl and her parents are just lovely! I just know her future is going to be bright and positive and hopeful!

    She is truly an inspiration and a sweet little girl.

    Take care

  5. That is a wonderful video of sweet Penny. I had weepy whiskers from the beginning when she look so very scared and confused. The the happy weepys came in and my whiskers began to grin up with joy. Everyone should see this video.

  6. Life is so precious and things like this make us realize how precious every second of life is.

  7. God bless Penny, her parents and the donor's family.

  8. All part of the cirkhle of life -

    Paws khrossed fur all -

    We all know how lukhky Maggie and Mitch's dad is!

    PeeEssWoo: Mom is a donour!

  9. Oh my goodnessez... we iz hopin' dats da heart will be one of love & health furevfur.
    May Penny shime brite alwayz.
    Sendin' kissez frum all of us,
    Dr Tweety & da Fab Five

  10. w00fs, wow, is all i can say...

    b safe,

  11. aw. gee. Donors rule!

    Happy Independence Day!

  12. Kyhra sent us an email that we had to come and visit. Mom has already cried off all of her mascara and she just put it on 1/2 hour ago!
    We wish Penny only the very best! She is one brave little girl!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch


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