Thirteen-year-old Parusia Muhigirwa is reportedly recovering well after she underwent a successful heart transplant at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.
According to News24, Muhigirwa received a new heart in February after she was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle becomes weak, floppy and enlarged or dilated.
A hospital statement said Muhugirwa was recovering and “is doing well…. The experience has motivated her to become a doctor when she grows up”.
Just a week ago, Dell Children’s Medical Centre and UT Health Austin, a clinical practice of Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, announced that a 13-year-old girl, Grace Jennings, had also received a long awaited heart transplant.
“Grace received her heart transplant on January 26, after waiting for 15 months for a donor while on a lifesaving mechanical heart pump. Grace is the second pediatric heart transplant recipient at Dell Children’s after suffering a brain hemorrhage,” the medical centre said on its website.