A transplant patient has been picturedÂ holding her own heart in her hands after she survived cancer and organÂ failure.
Even with the medical mask hiding most of herÂ face, ‘Penny’s’ wide-eyed grin is clear as her new heart beats in her chest andÂ she holds the old one for one last time following the successfulÂ procedure.
Penny’s friend Kelsey posted this image onÂ her ImgurÂ profile saying: ‘[Penny] is holding herÂ own heart. She has survived cancer and crippling heart failure and never lostÂ hope.’
According to Kelsey’s profile, doctorsÂ allowed Penny to take a photograph with her dead heart before it wasÂ cremated.
Wrapping both hands around it, she holds theÂ heart up to the camera as if it were a trophy.
Now a picture of health, she has this photograph as a keepsake of her ordeal and a reminder of how lucky sheÂ is toÂ have received the new heart.
Around 4,000 people every year in the U.S.Â need a heart transplant but only around 2,300 are able to get them.
Worldwide, about 3,500 heartÂ transplants areÂ performed annually.
A patient is usually kept in theÂ hospitalÂ for up to two weeks after the procedure and the amount ofÂ recovery time dependsÂ on the health of the patient.
Source: The Daily Mail