A six-year-old girl from Bolivia who was born with a heart defect gets a new lease on life and is headed back to her home country with a normal beating heart, thanks to doctors and an organization called HeartGift.
Mirley Flores has a hole between the pumping chambers of her heart, which would eventually lead to heart failure and lung disease.
Sadly, she hadn’t received help in her country due to poverty and lack of expert medical care, so her prognosis looked bleak. Doctors in Bolivia told her mother that she wouldn’t survive to see adulthood.
That is, until HeartGift found her and helped her to finally receive the help she needed by getting her to a hospital in the United States.
The hole in her heart required specialized surgery at University Hospital. Thanks to the amazing team of doctors and nurses there, Mirley’s surgery was a success and she is now healing and headed back home with a healthy heart.
Mirley and her family are forever grateful for HeartGift’s help.
According to HeartGift, 1 in 100 children are born with a congenital heart defect. Congenital heart diseases are nearly 60 times more prevalent than a childhood cancer diagnosis. Sadly, many of these kids never make it to their next birthday.
HeartGift was created to address this disparity of care.
The organization helps provide life-saving congenital heart defect surgery to children from around the world where specialized medical treatment is either scarce or nonexistent.
Since the organization was founded in 2000, they have helped more than 400 patients in over 34 countries.
Hear more of Mirley’s story in the video below:Whizzco