Doctors Hoped to Buy Her Time. Instead, They Gave This NJ Woman a 2nd Chance.

Mayra shows the power supply pack she wears at all times for her heart pump, which was implanted 14 years ago at Newark Beth Israel Medical CenterThe doctors hoped to buy her five more years.

Chemotherapy and radiation had saved Mayra Rodriguez’s life. But the treatments for Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had irrevocably damaged the young woman’s heart.

She was in heart failure and “in very bad shape,” a nurse told Rodriguez in 2008, just before the patient broke down in sobs.

She was just 29 years old. Read more