Medical City Dallas January 10, 2020

Dallas - 51-year-old Shannon Little will return home tomorrow, for the first time in six months, after receiving a heart transplant on Christmas day at Medical City Heart Hospital.

Little has been fighting heart failure since June 2019. Previously, she suffered from a heart attack, cardiac arrest and a growth on the aortic valve of her heart. Little underwent open-heart surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma for five weeks while her heart recovered.

Two weeks before Christmas, she was placed on the heart transplant donor list. On Christmas Eve, Little was informed that she matched with a donor to receive a new heart.

"Performing a heart transplant for Shannon on Christmas day was the best gift we could give her," said Juan MacHannaford, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon at Medical City Heart Hospital.

The heart transplant team at Medical City Heart Hospital has performed more than 500 heart transplants since the program's beginning at Medical City Dallas, with long-term survival rates consistently ranking among the top performing heart transplant centers in the country.

Little is looking forward to a new year and returning home with her new heart.