Mother of Baptized Baby to Go Home With New Heart

02/29/00    Portland, Ore.

Linda Fross to be Discharged One Week after Transplant to be with Baby

Heart transplant patient Linda Fross will be discharged from Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital Wednesday to recover at home with her new baby, Ellen. Just three weeks ago while awaiting a heart, Fross invited reporters to Ellen's baptism in her hospital room to raise awareness of the need for organ donors. Fross received a heart transplant on Feb. 21.

Four-month old Ellen is the first child of Linda and Ray Fross of Woodland, Wash. Due to the stress of pregnancy, Fross had an emergency caesarean section delivery and at that time was found to suffer from familial dilated cardiomyopathy, an inherited form of heart disease. She was immediately put on a transplant waiting list.

Fross will continue to be closely monitored for the next couple of months and is likely to be on anti-rejection drugs for the rest of her life. While her body heals, Fross will not be able to lift anything heavier than five-to-ten pounds, but hopes to be able to lift Ellen for the first time on her birthday, April 30. The surgery was the 357th heart transplant at OHSU.