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Reagan was born in 2005 with a rare congenital heart defect and needed three critical surgeries to survive. She was basically born with half of her heart. She was flown to MUSC in Charleston, had her first surgery and remained there for about a month. At six months old, she had her second surgery, which went really well; and Reagan was back home within a week. She was beginning to grow and progress nicely, but before the third surgery, her heart gave out. That was two days before Reaganís first Christmas.
Reagan was flown back to MUSC and was put on a life support system that essentially served as her heart and lungs for 22 days, but it was causing her other organs to suffer. She was revived four times within two weeks.
Reaganís only remaining chance to survive was a heart transplant. She was placed on the transplant list on New Yearís Eve 2005. Her parents were told that Reaganís heart was not working and there was little hope unless she received a donated heart.
"I was still hopeful," said Reaganís mom Kelly Potter. "I hoped someone would make that decision...I was hopeful that it was going to come."
Through the generosity of a donor family, Reagan received the new heart she needed on Jan. 14, 2006. "Everyday...I think about them everyday. My daughter would not be here if they didnít make that decision," Kelly says. "I am so grateful the donorís family was so courageous. They gave life to us all!"
The first few months after the transplant were hard because Reaganís organs had taken a hit, but now Reagan is doing great and is doing everything her big brother does. "It was a great match and her heart is the most wonderful thing in her body. She is the happiest person I have ever met."