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Family has been important as Melissa Bryant recovers from transplants. Front, from left, are Bryant's children, Emma and River, back, Bryant stands between her parents Marilyn and Cliff Branham. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Transplants successful for Park Rapids native

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Melissa Bryant feels good for the first time she can remember.

The Park Rapids native had kidney and pancreas transplants in October after years of being sick. The transplants worked and she is doing well.

"I was diabetic since I was 11 and had complications," she said. "Then, when I had my son four years ago, it got worse."

Her kidneys were starting to fail and she had retinopathy - bleeding in her eyes.

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