Dakota City, NE native celebrates major milestone after a historic transplant

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DAKOTA CITY, Nebraska (KTIV) –  A Dakota City, Nebraska native celebrates a major milestone since having a historic heart-lung transplant.

Sixteen-year-old Maria Wilmes celebrated a year since her surgery, on Wednesday.

Maria was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, a rare heart disease that caused her to have high blood pressure in her lungs.

Maria struggled with everyday tasks like walking and had difficulty breathing.

In September of 2017, her health started to decline even more. She was told she would need a heart and lung transplant.

That November she was put on a transplant waiting list.

Then last December, she got the call she had a donor.

Maria made history, becoming Nebraska’s first-ever recipient of a heart-lung transplant.

Ashly Richardson

Ashly Richardson

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