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SC woman thankful to be alive after triple organ transplant

Stephanie Lindstrom plays games with her family after returning home. (Nov. 1, 2012/FOX Carolina) Stephanie Lindstrom plays games with her family after returning home. (Nov. 1, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Stephanie Lindstrom's family welcomes her home from Atlanta. (Courtesy the Lindstrom family) Stephanie Lindstrom's family welcomes her home from Atlanta. (Courtesy the Lindstrom family)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Stephanie Lindstrom is thankful to be back home in the Upstate after spending five months at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Back in May, she had to be rushed to Emory after having heart complications. It's a problem she has dealt with her entire life. But things took a scary turn when their family learned this mom and wife needed a new heart, kidney and liver.               

"We were at the point where nobody thought she was going to get her transplants," said Stephanie's husband Joel Lindstrom.  

But she did, the surgery was a success, and she began the long process of recovery.

"I was really hoping I would be home by Christmas and I was released Oct. 23," she said. 

Stephanie Lindstrom said she spent months hooked to tubes and wires. She also said her faith is stronger and she is thankful to enjoy the small things in life.  

"I am just so thankful for everything that I can do like eat normal food, do homework with my daughter and play cars and trucks with my son," she said.  

It has been a five-month battle, but Stephanie Lindstrom said she's not giving up because the best is yet to come.  

"It happened so now I have to pick up the pieces and grow and get back to normal," she said.  

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