Health Victories

A life full of heart: Angela McGahee defied the odds to become a mother and grandmother

Born with the heart condition tricuspid atresia, Angela McGahee wasn’t expected to survive to see adulthood. But she defied all the odds. She was strongly advised to never get pregnant due to the extreme risks involved, but with the help of her doctors at the Medical College of Georgia, she became the first woman with tricuspid atresia to ever deliver a healthy, full-term baby. Not only was she a loving and devoted mother to her son, T.J. Smith, but she also proudly became a grandmother to her grandchildren, William and Savannah. Her passion for life was contagious, her family says. While she sadly passed away on Sept. 17 at age 54, her courage and strength will never be forgotten. This is her story.

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