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BLIZZARD FATAL TO TRANSPLANT GIRL

For most 7-year-old girls, a blizzard means no school and fun in the snow.

For Kalana Calkins, though, it meant no power to the machine that helped her breathe after heart and lung transplants three years ago, and no way for her parents to get her to the hospital, less than four miles away.

Kalana died in her aunt's house Sunday, despite the frantic efforts of her father -- an emergency medical technician -- to revive her.

About an hour later, an ambulance finally made it across a snowy field and 50-mph winds to the house.

Kalana's organs had been ravaged by disease since birth, and she waited more than a year for a suitable donor.

"When she was born they told us to take her home and let her die," her father said.

But Kalana was healthy after the transplants -- until recently, when her body began rejecting the organs. Her condition worsened as the blizzard settled in last weekend.

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