Malkie Brandler, 21, has a normal heart for the first time in her life thanks to Dr. Samuel Weinstein and his transplant team at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.
NY Daily News (http://nydn.us/1jw90Ec) reports Brandler, who was born with a single ventricle that didn’t allow her heart to divide into four chambers, underwent a six-hour heart transplant surgery on May 28.
“We are religious people. People were praying for her all over the world. May 28th I said, ‘That’s her new birthday!’” said Estelle Brandler, Malkie’s mother.
Brandler is no stranger to heart surgeries – she had three heart surgeries by the age of two.
Dr. Weinstein, director of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Montefiore, has completed more than 100 pediatric transplants during his nine years at Montefiore.
The first thing Brandler wants to do when she has fully recovered?
“I want to go on a hike!” said Brandler, who is also an advocate for organ donation and hopes to get a master’s degree in library science after graduating from Rockland Community College.