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Heart-double lung transplant

By Margaret Shepard

Tara Kline

Tara Kline stands in front of the Minneapolis skyline more than five years after a life-saving heart-double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic.

Tara Kline understands that life can change in an instant. That's because hers has — twice.

A year after Tara, from the Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville, Minn., graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and told she would need a heart-double lung transplant.

"It was surreal," says Tara, who credits Mayo Clinic staff with helping her cope with the fear and uncertainty that accompanied the diagnosis.

"The wonderful thing about Mayo Clinic is that you are embraced by a team of providers that truly cares about you," says Tara, who became extremely close to her team during the eight years she spent on the transplant list. Read the rest of this entry »

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A heart transplant put him back in the race

By Margaret Shepard

Dan Olson with his bike.As a marathon runner and long-distance cyclist, Dan Olson thought his athletic lifestyle ensured a healthy body. But in 2002, at age 38, Dan was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a condition that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle.

"I couldn't believe it," he says. "I kept thinking, 'I'm in good shape. It can't really be that bad.' "

In fact, his condition was so serious that Dan was airlifted from a Wisconsin hospital to Mayo Clinic, where his doctors told him that his heart had been damaged beyond repair. Dan would need a heart transplant. Read the rest of this entry »

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