Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Local Heart Transplant Survivor Dies after Giving Birth

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Local Heart Transplant Survivor Dies after Giving Birth

Article excerpt

Megan Moss Johnson of Ferguson survived a heart transplant seven years ago but died Tuesday shortly after delivering a healthy baby girl.

During high school at North County Christian School in Florissant, Johnson developed a virus that led to myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart. She recovered, but complications including congestive heart failure and pneumonia led to a heart transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital when she was 23.

Johnson had since married musician Nathan Johnson and moved to Nashville, Tenn., where she delivered Eilee Kate early Tuesday. She spent six hours with the baby before she lost consciousness, according to a friend.

Pregnancies following heart transplants are considered high-risk for both the mother and baby.

Women are advised not to get pregnant in the first year after a transplant when the chances for rejection are highest and drug treatments are most potent. …

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