1 Year Old Ali, Complex Heart Repair – Visits Statue of Liberty
Ali is a one year old boy with a complex heart defect called transposition of the great arteries which was causing heart failure, shortness of breath, and cyanotic spells in Iraq, threatening his life. His parents were frustrated with their inability to get him adequate care in Iraq and feared that he would die. With the help of ICP and Boston Red Sox team doctor Larry Ronan, he was welcomed to Boston where the Massachusetts General Hospital surgically repaired the defect and greatly improved his quality of life.
Within 10 days of open heart surgery, he left the hospital and actually was seen running for the door. After the successful operation, he is no longer having any symptoms and his activity level has returned to that of a normal energetic toddler. Ali and his parents decided to stay in Boston and he now speaks fluent English and Arabic. He recently welcomed a new baby sister into his family.