“Miyu will be back with a cheerful smile on her face” Waiting in the United States for a heart transplant

“Miyu will be back with a cheerful smile on her face” Waiting in the United States for a heart transplant


April 6 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo.

Miyu Kaname, a 13 year-old girl attending Kamimori Junior High School in Urasoe City in Okinawa, is afflicted with restrictive cardiomyopathy, for which the only treatment is a heart transplant. After arriving in the United States at around 1:15 am Japanese time on April 6, she is now waiting in New York for a donor to be found. She is scheduled to go into New York’s Columbia University Hospital for several days before moving to housing to wait for a donor.

Escorted by a doctor, her father, mother and 8 year-old younger brother, she departed from Fukuoka, where she had been admitted to Kyushu University Hospital, making a stopover at Narita on her way to New York.

On the morning of their departure to United States, when they received words of encouragement from doctors and nurses at Kyushu University Hospital, Miyu’s mother Naomi said that her daughter seemed a little nervous, but relatively well, and that she hoped that Miyu would be able to undergo surgery soon.

Father Toshiaki told the Ryukyu Shimpo that, “We will do out best to ensure that Miyu comes back recovered from illness to thank all the Okinawan people who supported her through the fund-raising campaign.” Naomi said, “We are very grateful to everyone for the fact that we are now standing on the start line with our daughter. We will return home to Okinawa with Miyu and her cheerful smile.”

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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