Amanda Saunders is back in Grand Falls-Wind­sor af­ter her heart trans­plant

The Western Star - - LIFE - NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE CEN­TRAL VOICE

The last six months haven’t been easy for Amanda Saunders.

It’s the time the Grand Fall­sWind­sor na­tive spent in Ot­tawa while await­ing and re­ceiv­ing a new heart af­ter suf­fer­ing right­side heart fail­ure in April 2018.

Saunders re­ceived her new heart in late Jan­uary. Through her re­cov­ery, one thought kept the psy­chol­ogy stu­dent at Gren­fell Cam­pus in Cor­ner Brook go­ing.

She was go­ing to get home again. She was go­ing to re­turn to New­found­land and Labrador.

“It’s in­de­scrib­able,” she said of be­ing home. “It is great to be able to breathe New­found­land air again.”

Last week she made sure to head to Cor­ner Brook. Saunders de­scended on the west coast city to sup­port friends she made while tak­ing psy­chol­ogy cour­ses at Gren­fell.

She was sup­posed to be on the stage with them, grad­u­at­ing along­side her class­mates.

How­ever, her heart’s got­ten in the way for the time be­ing.

She’s worked with the school to en­sure she’ll grad­u­ate in 2020.

That plan in­volves tak­ing the fi­nal year of her cour­ses re­motely, from Grand Fall­sWind­sor. Schools can be germ in­fested af­ter all and Saunders needs to be vig­i­lant when it comes to her health.

In three months, she re­turns to Ot­tawa for a heart checkup and to see what she calls her heart fam­ily.

In the mean­time, Saunders is look­ing for­ward to spend­ing her sum­mer away from a hos­pi­tal bed and in her home­town.

She has plenty of en­ergy now and is look­ing to help out with the Cana­dian Trans­plant As­so­ci­a­tion.

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In three months, Amanda Saunders re­turns to Ot­tawa for a heart checkup and to see what she calls her heart fam­ily.

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