Heart Transplant Survivor Dies After Giving Birth

June 30, 2017
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A heart transplant surgery survivor died less than 24 hours after giving birth to her first child.

Musician Nathan Johnson, and his wife Megan, who had a heart transplant 7 years ago, welcomed their newborn daughter into the world just before 2:40 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Megan had a smooth delivery, Nathan’s bandmate, Josh Wilson, wrote on the family’s GoFundMe page.

The husband also posted a photo on Instagram to celebrate the birth of their daughter.

“Happy Birthday Eilee Kate Johnson,” he wrote. “Megan was/is a professional and feels great. Her heart worked perfectly the whole time and Eilee introduced herself quickly and smooth. I am a rich man!!!”

The couple spent 6 hours with their newborn before Megan started to experience complications, according to the GoFundMe page.

By 11 a.m., Megan sadly passed away. Currently, it’s still unclear what caused her death.

Megan contracted a virus at the age of 15 which led to myocarditis, a potentially fatal heart disease.

Her condition worsened, and she had a heart transplant in 2010. She wrote about her journey online and in a book titled, “Megan’s Heart.”

A year after her heart surgery, Megan married her husband Nathan and moved to Nashville.

Friends and family started a fundraising effort after learning about Megan’s death and on Thursday, a GoFundMe account aimed at raising $40,000 surpassed that goal and reached $330,168 in just a day.

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