HOMER - What does a pink-haired, tattooed, ear-pierced, outspoken, former hairstylist, current college student, 20-something single mother of twins from the central peninsula have in common with a soft-spoken, married, former nurse, current Homer author with sometimes evident strands of gray hair that hint at her age have in common?Not much unless you're talking about Maggie Winston of Kenai and Marianne Schlegelmilch of Homer. When it comes to these two women, you don't have to look too far beneath the surface to discover a strong connection.
Marilyn Hillman's new heart beats so strongly it kept her awake the first few nights after her heart transplant surgery. Her old heart, the one that had been through five open-heart surgeries, had a soft, swishing sound, like a washing machine, she said. "It was barely pumping," said the 45-year-old heart transplant patient from Hoonah. But the new one she received June 11 pounds steadily.
Doug Luna, the former chief justice of the Tlingit and Haida tribes, died Wednesday at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, after a brief hospitalization for heart problems. He was 67.
The Rev. John Bigelow, pastor at Bethany Baptist Church in Juneau, led a service at Wildflower Court on Friday. It was remarkable not for the Bible lesson or for the singing, but because Bigelow was there, greeting people and wheeling residents in and out of their rooms. Just a few weeks earlier, Bigelow was a patient at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, recovering from a liver transplant, subsequent infection and the unexpected removal of his colon.
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A week ago, 14-year-old Juneau resident Chrysantha Bradley got a new heart.
Family memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, with the Rev. Robert Poulson and the Rev. Jerome Cwiklinski officiating. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tlingit-Haida Community Center.
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