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.


211 phone service to launch in Merced

Residents in Merced and Mariposa counties will have access to a database of human service resources by simply dialing 211. The program is scheduled to launch in October. Assistance through 211 will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and in 150 languages.

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