New heart, new lease on life for Bronx toddler

Posted: Updated:
THE BRONX -

A Bronx family thanked doctors at Montefiore Medical Center Thursday after a 1 ½-year-old girl received a new heart.

Laila’s family initially thought the little girl had asthma, but received the news in June that she had a failing heart.

She was then put on medication that helped in the short term. She then used a “Berlin Heart” device that helped pump blood through her heart.

Then, after months of waiting, Laila received the ultimate gift on Thanksgiving Day – a new heart.

The transplant has given her a new lease of life. Laila is now playful and happy after spending many months in the hospital.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."