Pic of heart transplant patient holding own heart is Internet sensation
The photo of a woman from California, who is one of the rare few who have had the opportunity to cradle her own old heart in her own two hands, has become an internet sensation.
The picture of Penny Smith holding her own heart was posted on the site Imgur with the caption "This is my friend Penny. She is holding her own heart. She has survived cancer and crippling heart failure but never lost hope."
She held her own heart in her hands, then became an Internet sensation, but Smith is just happy to be alive and overwhelmed by the attention a single photo of her has received.
The photo of a hospital-masked but clearly smiling Smith, cradling her first heart while the new one beats in her chest, was posted on social media site Imgur by a nursing school friend, and immediately drew attention.
The 35-year-old, who has known for years that she might one day need a heart transplant, received one in September 2012.
"I was 3 and a half when I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins T-cell lymphoma and I went into remission at age 6," the New York Daily News quoted her as saying.
"From there in 1994 I developed a heart problem, which my mom knew about. (The doctors) had told her when I went through chemo that I would have it," she added.