California family celebrates 3 heart transplants

By By GILLIAN FLACCUS

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — A California family is celebrating this holiday season after the mother and two of her three sons all received life-saving heart transplants for an inherited cardiac condition.

Deanna Kremis and her sons, 17-year-old Matthew and 13-year-old Trevin, all suffer from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It's a genetic condition that causes the heart muscle to thicken until the heart can't pump blood properly.

Matthew and Trevin got their new hearts in 2007 within five weeks of each other. But as they got healthier, their mother -- who was diagnosed as an adult -- began to fail. She finally got a new heart in July and her sons are helping her adjust to her new life.

The transplants are not a cure: There is a constant threat of organ rejection and infection.

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