Last night we brought you a brief story of a brave 17 year old Tioga girl arriving back home from Mayo Clinic in Rochester after receiving a critical heart transplant.
Tonight, Bonnie Campo has the full report.
No matter where you've been, and no matter where you will go, it always feels good to be back home. Bree Hanson finally gets to know that feeling. She was away from Tioga for 111 days. That's the same number of balloons that were waiting for her at the town's airport. With all that support, her heart is happy.
(Bree Hanson, Heart Transplant Recipient) "Now it feels great. Like, it's still scary because it's still such a brand new heart, like for a couple months it's gone age scary because of rejection and stuff like that. But, they tell me I am doing good, and I was able to home, so I was so happy for that.
Her parents knew from Bree's childhood that she had heart problems. It wasn't until a year ago she was placed on a waiting list, but when they got the call, everything changed.
"So my dad called me, and he never calls me during school, so I was in class, and I was like I should answer this. So I answered it, and it was dad and he was like well like you need to go, and I was like, what are you talking about? And we was like Mayo called they have a heart for you."
Because transplants are very time sensitive, Bree needed to get to the hospital immediately. When Bree's Mom told her boss Kathy Neset of their dilemma, Neset offered her plane and her pilot.
(Doug Bodine, Pilot) "I was amazed that she is doing as well as she is. I can't imagine a emotional stress that this puts on somebody at that age, and she's of good spirits, and good nature, and she's doing well physically, and I think it's just a miracle of medicine."
The doctors want Bree to take it easy on her new heart, but she can hardly wait.
(Bree Hanson, Heart Transplant Recipient) "I wanna go back to doing everything I have been doing and more obviously. 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."
In Tioga, Bonnie Campo KX News.