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Fundraiser will aid student with heart, lung transplants

Shea McNeely received the best gift for her 17th birthday – a new first breath.

During her sophomore year at Buhach Colony High, McNeely was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare disorder in which arteries in the lungs become narrow or blocked. The constriction causes the heart to work harder to pump blood through those arteries. This causes strain on the heart and the condition may become life threatening.

On Dec. 18 of last year, she received her heart-lung transplant, and three days later, she took her first unassisted breath with her new lungs.

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Exploring art in an Earth Day sort of way

The spring version of the quarterly Art Hop event was held Saturday on Main Street in Merced. Organizers said the event’s theme was inspired by Earth Day. Featured clothing designer and visual artist Amy Bianchini’s work was on display in Bob Hart Square.

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