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Abington HS heart transplant recipient plays the ‘Tin Man’ in Philly production –

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 5:30 pm | Updated: 6:31 am, Fri May 15, 2015.

By Peg Quann Staff writer

As the Tin Man in a stage production of “The Wizard of Oz” this weekend, Becca Voltmer will sing “If I Only Had a Heart.” Last year at this time, the 17-year-old Abington girl was wishing for a new one.

It was late April 2014. A common virus caused an inflammation of her heart. She was rushed to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and put on a ventilator and an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation device to assist her body’s circulation. But Becca’s heart continued to fail and by the middle of May, it was clear she needed a transplant.

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