“I’m free!” Edward says farewell after receiving heart transplant

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An 11-year-old received a fun farewell this week after being a patient for more than 300 days waiting for a heart transplant.

Edward Sandefur, 11, was treated to a fun farewell from his caregivers this week. He had been a Riley patient for more than 300 days while waiting for a heart transplant, which he recently received. He now heads to the Riley Ronald McDonald House to continue his recovery.

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