It’s not every college student who can say they’ve had a lifelong wish come true. But Lauren Aggen isn’t an ordinary college student.
She was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, leaving her left ventricle too small to pump blood through her body. Her prognosis for survival was bleak without a heart transplant.
When she was eight days old, a donor heart became available and she received her transplant. Of the eight children who received heart transplants that year in Chicago, four of them never went home and the other three have needed additional transplants.
“I’ve been very fortunate that my heart matched,” Aggen says.