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Sandra Jensen: Why she kicks ass

  • She devoted lots of her time working as an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities; she worked part time as well as being heavily involved in volunteering.
  • She was denied a heart-lung transplant by the Stanford University School of Medicine in California because she had Down syndrome. She then (along with supporters) began a very public battle, gaining nationwide attention arguing that Down syndrome should not be enough to automatically deprive a patient of a chance to survive, this resulted in her receiving the transplant (1996).
  • She became the first person with Down Syndrome to ever receive a heart-lung transplant.

[ photo is black and white, of a person wearing sandals and a floral dress, holding a microphone. they are standing next to a picnic table and you can see trees in the background. ]

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