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Artificial heart gives baby girl second chance at lifeArtificial Heart Gives a Baby Girl Second Chance at Life

This story is a follow-up to “How an artificial heart brought a bubbly baby’s smile back” that was published in January 2018.

For more than half of her life, 15-month-old-Valeria Ocampo lay in her hospital crib and peeked toward her window. On the 10th floor of the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, she waited for a new heart to arrive. And waited. For months, Valeria was connected to the Berlin Heart®, an artificial heart device made specifically for babies and children facing heart failure.

 

Something Remarkable: Teen Celebrates Thansgiving with New LungsSomething Remarkable: Teen Celebrates Thansgiving with New Lungs

At any other time, Matias Cozzi, might have enjoyed Thanksgiving like any 17-year-old. Perhaps he’d overindulge in turkey and pie during an uneventful holiday in the happy company of family. But this is not an ordinary Thanksgiving for the teenager.

 

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