Teen-age Heart Recipient Meets Reagan
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Donna Ashlock, the 14-year-old California girl who received the heart of her friend and classmate, Felipe Garza, met President Reagan today and said he was taller than she had expected.
″I thought he was shorter,″ Miss Ashlock said, shivering in front of microphones outside the White House after her brief Oval Office visit.
She emerged from the meeting with two presents, one a jar of presidential jelly beans and the other a surprise from Mrs. Reagan, which Miss Ashlock hadn’t opened yet.
Asked how she would describe the meeting to her friends at home, she said, ″They missed out.″
Miss Ashlock, on her first trip away from home since her surgery in January, is in Washington to serve as the Belle of the Ball at a St. Valentine’s Day gala on Friday for the benefit of the American Heart Association.
She was suffering from a terminal heart condition when Garza died unexpectedly of a stroke. Garza’s parents, saying he had once told them he wished he could give his heart to her, donated the organ to Miss Ashlock.