Miyu’s heart transplant operation is successful, Hospital of Columbia University

April 25, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of April 25, Japan time, 13-year old Miyu Kaname, a Kamimori junior high school student from Urasoe City in Okinawa who was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy requiring a heart transplant to save her life, successfully underwent the transplant operation at Columbia University Hospital in New York. The good news was conveyed to Takashi Funakoshi, co-leader of the “Save Miyu-chan” executive committee from Miyu’s family members with her in the United States.

With an organ donor being found, Miyu entered the operating theater at 5:30am on April 25. Japan time. Surgery commenced at 8:00am and finished 11:30am, when she was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. “Her new heart is functioning well,” a family member said.

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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