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Local heart transplant recipient gets to meet donor's mom


July 25, 2018

VICKY JOHNSON, left, meets Lauren Santoro for the first time Friday after receiving a donor heart from Santoro's daughter Isabel.

It took nearly a lifetime for Vicky Johnson to decide she was ready for a heart transplant, but only a few short minutes to find out she was about to get one.

The Sweet Home resident was given the heart of a 14-year-old girl in March 2016. The heart belonged to Isabel Santoro, a child from northern California who took her own life.

Now, two years later, Johnson was given the opportunity to meet Isabel's mom, Lauren Santoro.

The two met for the first time on Friday, July 20, at the Donate Life NW office in Portland, where Santoro was able to listen to her daughter's heart for the first time...

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