Costa Rica News – Hospital Mexico announced the death of Blanca Vega.
She was the first woman and second person in Costa Rica to have a heart transplant. She stood out in Latin America for surviving the longest with a new heart.
Her operation took place in 1991 and was performed by Longino Soto Pacheco. Since then, every year she celebrated having a new heart. She reported having no pain and feeling capable of having a life like anyone else’s.
She lived well and took good care of herself. She got up early and ate well. She took all her 18 medications and managed her stress. She didn’t let problems get the best of her. The transplant changed her life. She was very happy.
The average survival of a women after a heart transplant is 15 years. She exceeded that by a decade. For this, she took a Guinness record in 2005. Her death occurred on November 9, at age 66.