reports that Penny survived heart failure and cancer.
The photo showing Penny "literally holding her heart in her hands" at the moment of her triumph over crippling illness was snapped by her friend Kesley who posted it to Imgur
with the caption: "This is my friend Penny. She is holding her own heart. She has survived cancer and crippling heart failure but never lost hope."
Penny holds her old abandoned heart in her two hands like a trophy (see photo below
), with the wide grin on her face visible through her medical mask.
The Daily Mail
reports that the failed heart was later cremated.
The website also reports that every year about 4,000 people in the US need a heart transplant but only about 2,300 are able to get it. Worldwide, only about 3,500 people get a heart transplant every year.
Penny, therefore, has good reason to smile; she is one of the lucky few.