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15-year-old receives Nebraska's first heart-lung transplant

Posted at 12:17 PM, Feb 14, 2018

Maria Wilmes, 15, received the first heart-lung transplant in the state of Nebraska in December 2017. 

Wilmes was diagnosed in October 2004 with pulmonary hypertension caused by congenital heart disease. Doctors said she would eventually need a heart-lung transplant. 

Health professionals said Wilmes would eventually need a transplant.

Less than 50 heart-lung transplants are completed each year internationally, but Wilmes was chosen to receive her transplant in December 2017 at Nebraska Medicine

The operation lasted about eight hours with a team of specialists from Nebraska Medicine. 

Wilmes hopes to return home to Sioux City area by March.