Tioga teen returns home after heart transplant

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 16, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.



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TIOGA, N.D. (AP) — A Tioga teen is back home and in good health after receiving a heart transplant.

Bree Hanson, 17, was greeted at the Tioga airport this weekend with 111 balloons, or one for each day she was away from home getting a new heart.

Hanson was placed on a waiting list for a new heart more than a year ago. She said she now feels better than ever after returning from a Minnesota hospital.

"Now it feels great," she told KXMC-TV (http://bit.ly/1p92eYN ). "Like, it's still scary because it's still such a brand new heart."

Doctors want Hanson to take it easy on her new heart, but she can hardly wait to get active again.

"I want to go back to doing everything I have been doing and more, obviously," she said. "Before I was riding four-wheeler, shooting guns with my boyfriend and my dad, and just doing regular North Dakota stuff. Going camping, fishing, going swimming in the lakes."

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