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North Liberty Woman Meets Her Heart Donor's Family

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    April 29, 2014 | 7:20 am
    IOWA CITY, Iowa - A North Liberty woman who needed a heart transplant in 2012 met the family of the Wisconsin woman who gave her life at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Tuesday.

    Amber Mattheis found out she had severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with end-stage heart failure in 2004. Then in 2011, she was in the hospital for a test when doctors told her she needed a heart transplant.

    Mattheis was on a waiting list for about four months before her heart transplant in August 2012. She says she could never repay her donor's family.

    The Iowa Donor Network says about 70 percent of adult drivers in Iowa are on the donor registry.