San Pedro girl with new heart in ‘lot of pain’ but back on iPad; family ‘humbled’ by support – California News

San Pedro girl with new heart in ‘lot of pain’ but back on iPad; family ‘humbled’ by support – California News


Leah Mendez, the 12-year-old San Pedro girl who received a desperately needed heart transplant on Friday, is “doing great” as she recovers from surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, according to family members.

In an update posted Tuesday on Facebook, Leah’s aunt, Iris Mendez, said she was taken off a breathing machine that was needed shortly after the surgery.

“Leah is becoming more and more conscious of her surroundings,” Mendez wrote on the Saving San Pedro Facebook page. “Today she spent a few moments on her iPad and watched a movie. Unfortunately, Leah is in a lot of pain … Medical staff is doing everything they can to keep Leah as comfortable as possible.”

Leah was hospitalized in May after she was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, dilated cardiomyopathy, which often has no symptoms. Within days she was in critical condition and airlifted to Children’s Hospital, where she was placed on a Berlin Heart device in hopes that a donor match could be found for a heart transplant, her only hope for recovery.

The match was found Thursday night and she went into surgery at about 2 a.m. Friday.

“We pray (that) Leah will continue to make small improvements every day,” wrote Mendez, her aunt. “Please continue to keep Leah in your prayers for a speedy recovery … Thank you for the cards, books, toys, donations, fabric and, most of all, thank you to each and every one of you for all of your loving support … the entire Mendez family is incredibly humbled.”

No information is available about the heart donor or the donor’s family, Mendez said.

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