Phoenix baby girl gets gift of life after heart transplant

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By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy

PHOENIX -- Two Phoenix parents say they have been given the gift of life after their newborn daughter was diagnosed with a rare heart condition.

Sayde Jane Lowe was born in March to parents Sara and Chris Lowe. At first doctors thought Sayde was a healthy baby, but the day after she was born, they discovered her heart was not working right.

"It was the worst feeling ever," Sayde's mother, Sara, said.

During her first few months, Sayde went through weekly cardiograms. In July, Sayde was placed on a transplant list for a new heart when her condition worsened. Phoenix Children's Hospital found a heart for her less than two months later.

"She was in surgery for quite some time, but when she came back her heart was pumping on its own, she wasn't on bypass," Sara said. "She's my hero. She has taught me so much strength; she's full of life."

Sayde is still being monitored in the hospital, but doctors say she is recovering very well.

Sara and Chris hope to meet the donor's family one day to thank them in person for saving their baby girl.

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