Medicine: A One-in-a-Million Worst Case

A six-year-old girl named Stormie Jones made medical history on Valentine's Day by becoming the world's first person to receive simultaneous heart and liver transplants. But to doctors, Stormie is more than a medical milestone; she is an example of the worst that can happen when cholesterol levels go wildly out of control.

Less than a year ago, Stormie appeared to be a normal, active child. "Just an awful sweet little old girl," according to Joe Lunsford, her neighbor in Cumby, Texas (pop. 647). There was just one indication that something might be wrong:...

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