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A day of skating for heart transplant patient

A day of skating for heart transplant patient

Sarah Weiskind skated tentatively at first, sticking close to the wall, gripping her father's hand tightly.

But soon she zipped through the middle of the rink at McKeldin Square at Pratt and Light streets in downtown Baltimore, her gray knit hat with the pink flower bobbing through the air.

The rink opened an hour early Sunday for a private skating session for the 11-year-old Weiskind and her family. Weeks earlier she was confined to the children's intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a mechanical pump kept her heart going.

It was one of the few public outings Weiskind has embarked on since getting a life-saving heart transplant last month, on the same day...