Aria Receives Heart Transplant, Still Long Road Ahead |

Aria Receives Heart Transplant, Still Long Road Ahead

September 15, 2015 10:51 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - For more than three months, 1-year-old Aria waited at Mayo Clinic for a heart transplant. On Sunday, surgeons performed a transplant and her parents were given good news after the procedure.

"We talked to the surgeons and were just crying because they told us she did so good, the heart was really strong," said Aria’s Mom Tara Grams.

Aria soon had an allergic reaction, causing her condition to become critical.

“Causing us to need to support her with life support for a couple days," said Dr. Jonathan Johnson with Mayo Clinic Children’s Center.

"It's a roller coaster, up and down. Today we come in and… she's recovering and yesterday it was she has to be relisted," said Grams. "She's like an angel, everyone fell in love with this little girl."

On Aria’s Facebook page, thousands now follow her journey, sharing their support.

"I think that's why she's still around. She's got a really strong will to live and so many people praying for her," said Grams.

Tuesday morning, her parents’ prayers were answered, again.

"We did an ultrasound of her heart to see what her function of her heart would do when being forced to work a little bit and what we saw was the function of her heart has now returned completely to normal," said Dr. Johnson.

"Somewhere in the United States there’s a family who lost their child and had to make a really tough decision to donate those organs at a really difficult time."

If all goes as planned, Aria will be taken off the machine that serves as her heart and lungs in the next few days.

"We just think of it as a gift… the other baby died and it's just hard to think about," said Grams. "Someday, we're going to hopefully find out, the baby and their story. We can't wait to thank them."


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