|Published:||Apr 01, 2013 11:56 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 01, 2013 11:56 AM EDT|
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A 15-month-old girl is recovering after undergoing a groundbreaking heart-lung transplant surgery.
Parents Krystina Lopez and Jesus Neira had been told daughter Izabella would likely die before her first birthday.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel (http://sunsent.nl/14CGmyn ) reports the child was born with a rare disease that was hardening the tissue in her lungs. She was considered too young for a transplant and unlikely to find a suitable infant donor.
But specialists at Shands at the University of Florida decided to take Izabella on as their youngest heart-lung transplant candidate ever.
Izabella had to hang on for nine months attached to a ventilator before a match was found. She underwent surgery on Jan. 27. Doctors say her prognosis is good.
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