A beautiful 8-year-old Jamaican girl with a heart disorder has received life saving surgery in the United States.
Amanda Carter was born with a fairly large hole between her aorta and pulmonary artery which allowed oxygen-poor blood to flow in the wrong direction.
She has struggled with a poor appetite and legs so weak she could not run.
According to The Daily News, the life saving heart surgery Amanda needed was not readily available at local hospitals in Jamaica, so Amanda’s family was happy after a doctor at Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Kingston recommended the Gift of Life program at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, L.I.
Amanda and her mom, Maria Sterling, travelled to New York Jan. 31 while the girl was battling pneumonia and underwent surgery — paid for by the Gift of Life program — to repair her 4-millimeter hole on March 4.
“She had such a significant problem that had it not been done, she would not have a long life span,” said Dr. Sean Levchuck, chairman of pediatric cardiology at St. Francis, told the Daily News.
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