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Woman holds her own heart in hands after life-saving surgery

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An American woman was pictured holding her own damaged heart after it was removed following a transplant.

Lisa Salberg, 48, from New Jersey underwent the operation after being diagnosed with a form of heart disease, called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, according to the ABC News.

“I was struck by the density and the weight to it,” Salberg was quoted as saying after holding the organ. “It was really, really heavy.”

Salberg, who was diagnosed at 12, told ABC News: “I have an entire life ahead of me to find ways to improve people’s health, and I'm doubling down. You ain't seen nothing yet.”