THE BRONX - A child from Belize has undergone a life-saving surgery at Montefiore Medical Center.
With the help of one Connecticut family, Genesis Fuentes is having one of her last checkups at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore. The 3-year-old went through a five-hour operation to close a hole in her heart on Jan. 30, an intricate procedure very difficult to come by in her home country.
The surgery brought a new kind of family together, as Genesis was matched with Michael and Monica Toll to act as host family. They were by her side throughout the surgery, along with Genesis' cousin, Melanie.
Genesis' journey was facilitated by the Gift of Life organization, which sets up surgeries for children who lack complex medical care in their home countries.
The Tolls say that since the surgery, Genesis has been able to enjoy many things a healthy child normally would, such as playing in the snow.
Genesis will soon return to Belize with her cousin.