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Malia's Story: Heart to Heart

Follow the story of Malia Sanchez, diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, as she receives a heart transplant.

Malia's Story: Episode 1

At just 2 years old, Malia Sanchez, a patient at Children's Hospital in New Orleans, LA, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. When her heart did not respond to previous treatments, doctors implanted a Berlin Heart device with hopes that she could receive a heart transplant. Pediatric heart transplants are not offered in Louisiana, so Malia was referred to Arkansas Children's Hospital for treatment. »Watch episode 1

Malia's Story: Episode 2

Malia begins her journey to Arkansas Children’s Hospital with the Angel One team arriving in New Orleans, LA, to transport her back to ACH. She has a Berlin Heart implant; this device requires extensive planning and care when transporting, so much that it has only been attempted a few times. Her trip to ACH marked the first time a child with a Berlin Heart had been transported in Arkansas. »Watch episode 2

Malia's Story: Episode 3

After just a few weeks of waiting, Malia’s mother gets that most important phone call: the one telling her that a life-saving heart transplant for her daughter is imminent. Malia’s surgery turns her life around in the weeks that follow, and the team celebrates with a party on the day before she leaves the hospital. »Watch episode 3

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