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March 23, 2013

For Alyssa Sandeen, waiting is the heart of the matter

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ROCHESTER —

It touched Sandeen and her family, too.

Today, she understands how dire her situation is. Still, she wishes she didn’t have to give up Matthew’s heart.

“I almost want to keep the heart. I know that sounds so bad. And I know I can’t,” she said. “But at least he’ll get his heart back.”

When a heart becomes available for Sandeen, she’ll likely spend three weeks after the transplant in the hospital. Then she’ll have to live someplace close to the hospital for several months for the intensive post-transplant care.

“I want to do so much more when I get out,” she said. “I want to do a lot of stuff for myself, a lot of stuff for other people. There’s so many things I want to do.”

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