Star News | Jim Ware
Durham | Hannah Dombrowski's new heart was beating on its own and Hannah was taking some breaths 14 hours after transplant surgery was completed, her father said Saturday.
"The ventilator is doing the majority of the breathing for her," David Dombrowski said about 5 p.m. Saturday.
He said 5-month-old Hannah of Wilmington was moving her hands and legs a bit, and had opened her eyes for the first time since surgery began at 3 p.m. Friday.
"She's a fighter," Dombrowski said from Duke University Hospital in Durham, where Hannah has waited since Feb. 23 for a new heart.
Doctors in November found a tumor on Hannah's heart before she was born more than a month early.
At first the tumor appeared harmless, but it grew, eventually crushing one side of her heart and damaging the other.
She was placed on the transplant list with 1A priority, the highest for heart patients.
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