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She may have beaten a life-threatening heart problem, but the fight isn't over for a little Haitian girl. Patricia came to the U.S. on a three-month visa to receive life-saving heart surgery. She was

News 12 Staff

Feb 11, 2008, 11:42 PM

Updated 6,005 days ago

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She may have beaten a life-threatening heart problem, but the fight isn't over for a little Haitian girl.
Patricia came to the U.S. on a three-month visa to receive life-saving heart surgery. She was found abandoned outside a Haitian church and taken to an orphanage, where doctors say she wouldn't have had much of a chance to live.
"It goes without saying I don't think she would have done well," says Dr. Sean Levchuck of St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, where Patricia recently had surgery. "She was down to weeks and months at best."
However, the little girl still has one major obstacle to overcome.
Patricia's visa runs out March 4. Doctors at St. Francis are now trying to find a home for the little girl, otherwise she'll be sent back to her impoverished country. The life expectancy for a child in Haiti is 5 years old. Patricia's age is estimated to be around 22 months.
"We want the best for her," says Dr. Lionel Barrau. "So that's why we're going to try to find a good family for her to provide all the love and care that she deserves."
Doctors have contacted Sen. Charles Schumer's office in the hopes of extending Patricia's visa. Related information:HaitiChildren.com970-925-1492


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