Family featured in heart transplant stories found dead

The gruesome discovery was made Saturday afternoon when authorities responded to a Sinking Spring home to check on the family after the mother failed to show up for a lunch date.

They have now been identified as the father, 40-year-old Mark Short, his wife, 33-year-old Megan and their three young children, Lianna, 8, Mark, 5, and Willow, just 2 years old.

A handwritten note was discovered in the home which appeared to be a "murder/suicide" note, according to the DA's office.

The officers' investigation revealed there had been "domestic issues" between the parents.

"This is an apparent tragic domestic incident", Adams said Sunday, Aug. 7. Her story had been highlighted in 2014 by a local paper, and her challenges in getting necessary medications was covered previous year by The New York Times. The pharmacy mailed the rest of the medication overnight, but Short told the New York Times that it left her "rattled".

The family was profiled in news articles by sources like The Reading Eagle and The New York Times in 2014 and 2015 after Willow, the youngest Short, received a heart transplant as a 1-week-old infant.

A handgun was discovered near the body of one of the adults, the prosecutor said.

When only days old, Willow had a heart transplant for a congenital defect.

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"You just feel like every month, you're hoping that they don't mess it up", she told the paper. In a blog post for Philly at Heart, headlined "Learning to Heal: My Experience with PTSD", Megan chronicled her battle with post traumatic stress disorder, brought on by her experiences with Willow's tenuous health. It took me almost two years to recognize how much I was truly impacted by the experiences.

"I wanted to share my experience so that other heart parents know they are not alone". Neighbors are struggling to wrap their minds around the tragedy.

Sinking Spring is about 70 miles northwest of Philadelphia. "I couldn't sleep half the night because I was so upset", said Jay Pezdirc of Spring Township.



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