Published: May 29, 2010 3:40 AM EDT
Updated: May 29, 2010 12:41 AM EDT

Bonita Springs, Fla - 16 year old Mailia Goforth's story of survival began at young age. The teen diagnosed with Eisenmenger's syndrome, a heart condition associated with high blood pressure in the lungs.

Doctors at first didn't give her much time to live, but the Mailia and her family vowed to fight on.

"She got the courage", says her mom Andrea Goforth.
Mailia is part of growing number of people turning to adult stem cell therapy. Her family hitting the road from Washington state to Bonita Springs to begin the treatment. 

Dr. Zannos Grekos and his team of researches are championing the procedure. 

Doctors drew blood from Mailia and shipped it Israel where researches will multiply her stem cells and inject them into her lugs. 

The Goforth will travel to the Dominican Republic for the actual procedure. If the treatment goes as planned, the pressure in Mailia's lungs will drop allowing doctors to close the gaping hole in her heart.

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