Most young couples experience unbridled joy when they learn they are about to become parents for the first time.
Mark and Ivy Rhymes felt that joy back in June 2002, when, after four years of marriage, they learned they would be the parents of twin girls, Maya and Marley. However, their exuberance was tempered because that same day they also learned that Mark would require a second heart transplant.
“That was the best day and the worst day,” Ivy recalled. “He was in for his annual exam, routine testing, and they found out that his heart was not working as it should.”