Afghan child recovering from heart surgery

July 9, 2013 6:55:54 PM PDT
There's good news out of UNC hospitals where a little girl from Afghanistan is recovering from a successful heart surgery.

Eight-year-old Maryam was born with a heart defect that doctors originally tried to repair using a catheter method last week.

During that procedure, her pediatric cardiologist found another problem with Maryam's heart that required surgery.

Both repairs were successfully made Tuesday, and Maryam is awake and comfortable in the pediatric ICU.

She'll spend the next few days recovering in the hospital.

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