Teen recovering in Denver after 2nd heart transplant
Jenna Fisher got a new heart for Valentine’s Day in Denver.
Back home, close family friends of the Mesa State College freshman, along with strangers, gathered Saturday morning to celebrate and raise money.
“She got up (Friday) and walked to the (hospital) cafeteria, and now it’s a matter of making sure all the other organs are working normal,” said Dave Frisch, a Grand Junction resident and family friend for three decades.
More than 100 people turned out Saturday for a benefit breakfast at Grand Junction Harley-Davidson, 2747 Crossroads Blvd. Proceeds, with plates of food selling for $10 each, will help pay the Fisher family’s medical bills and living expenses, according to Traci Stapleton, the dealership’s marketing director.
Fisher’s parents, Mike and Michelle, got the call late Wednesday that they had been waiting for since last October, when their daughter was placed on a waiting list for her second heart transplant.
The teenager underwent successful surgery over eight hours, ending early Thursday at Children’s Hospital in Denver.
Mike Fisher, who has posted regular blog updates about his daughter’s condition, wrote that she lost some 23 pounds during the surgery and was transferred Friday to University Hospital in Denver for the start of low-dose radiation treatments aimed at helping her body accept the new heart.
“First thing she asked for was her phone,” Mike Fisher wrote hours after the completion of the surgery.
Jenna Fisher, an 18-year-old graduate last year of Fruita Monument High School, received her first heart transplant as an infant.
A chili cook-off and silent auction is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Redlands Community Center, with $5 admission fees benefiting the Fisher family.