Numa woman sees sign in heart-shaped veggie

Photo by Daily Iowegian staffPeggy Garr dropped by the Daily Iowegian office to show off an unusual potato in the shape of a heart and sprouting three eyes.

Peggy Garr of Numa recently underwent lifesaving triple bypass heart surgery.

Around the time she first began feeling ill, she came across a vegetable that seemed to be sending her a message.

Her husband brought some potatoes home at the end of November and Garr noticed one had the unusual shape of a heart.

Soon after that she began feeling unwell. She was having pain in her shoulder blades.

“I had went to the doctor,” said Garr. “I was having trouble breathing.”

Her doctor sent her to a heart specialist on Dec. 12 and she found out that she had three blockages in her heart. She had triple bypass heart surgery the next day. Garr said her surgeon told her she probably would not have lived another week without the surgery.

Garr said during her surgery and recovery she forgot about the heart shaped potoato. By the time she was able to come home on Monday, Dec. 31, three potato had sprouted three eyes.

“I thought it was a sign from God because it had three potato eyes on it and I had triple bypass surgery,” said Garr. “Even my grandson said, ‘Grandma that’s a sign,’”

Either way, Garr wanted to share the story and the potato, which still hadn’t been eaten as of Jan. 3, with the Daily Iowegian. Garr said she has been doing fairly well since the surgery and is glad to be home.

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