Heart transplant grows unexpected friendship

Heart transplant grows unexpected friendship

Credit: OHSU/ Tyler Tjomsland

Shelby Aguirre, sister of heart donor, Jacob Ash, shows off two of her tattoos as she meets for the first time Duane Richards, 55, of Corbett, Oregon, an Oregon Health & Science University heart transplant patient who received her brother's heart on June 26, 2021, in Spokane, Washington. Ash died after choking on a piece of hard candy on Sept. 29, 2020. His heart, liver and tissue, as well as both of his cornea and kidneys, were donated to people needing organ transplants. Ash would have turned 32 on June 27, 2021. (OHSU/ Tyler Tjomsland)

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