Five-year-old Quebec girl receives new heart

CTV NEWS Montreal

After months of waiting, a five-year-old girl from Sherbrooke is finally getting a new lease on life.

Elissa Grondin recieved a heart transplant Tuesday afternoon.

"We're very happy. This is a gift," said Elissa's mother, Josee Scantland.

The pre-schooler had been on a waiting list for six months and her family was not sure how much longer she could hang on.

Her parents say Elissa has been battling pneumonia for several days now, the latest in what's been a lifetime of medical problems.

Elissa was born with three heart malformations, and last fall she was admitted to Ste. Justine hospital in critical condition with her heart functioning at only 13 per cent capacity. Continue reading