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Transplant recipient needs second heart

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Jasmine Le'Shea faced heart failure when she was just 15 years old. Jasmine Le'Shea faced heart failure when she was just 15 years old.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

There's Valentine's Day and then there is heart month. February is the month designated to raise awareness about heart health which is the number one killer of men and women in the United States.

Jasmine Le'Shea faced heart failure when she was just 15 years old.  She had no heart issues prior to that. An unknown virus infected her heart and viral cardiomyopathy quickly led to congestive heart failure.

"The muscle was weakening and was not able to pump blood and oxygen efficiently to my body" says Le'shea.  She needed a heart transplant fast.  "They put me on a waiting list in February 2001 and one week later, I was graced with a new heart."

That was twelve years ago and Le'Shea recently found out she now needs a second heart transplant due to chronic rejection. But getting it largely depends on finances.

"One of the biggest costs to transplant recipients is medication. Thousands of dollars a month." That's why Le'Shea's family has established the Jasmine Le'shea benefit fund (website: www.jasmineleshea.com)

They are hoping generous donations will help make Jasmine's second transplant a reality.

In the meantime, Le'Shea spends her days writing and singing Christian music. She often shares her gift by visiting patients in local hospitals and using her angelic voice to lift their spirits.

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