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PROVO HEART-TRANSPLANT PATIENT IMPROVING

Jason Ivers wanted to see five things when he came out of anesthesia following heart transplant surgery: his fingers.

His fingers were pink, and Jason knew that meant his new heart was working properly, pumping oxygenated blood throughout his body.Ivers, 17, continues to improve since receiving a new heart a week ago.

Ivers remains in an intensive-care unit at University Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

Family friends and relatives are continuing fund-raising efforts, hoping to gather $200,000 to cover the cost of Ivers' surgery and hospitalization. So far, they've raised $180,000.