Albanian baby gets life-saving surgery in Indiana

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Albanian baby born with a life-threatening heart defect is being called “a miracle” after undergoing surgery in Indiana.

Nine-month-old Luna Kosta traveled from Korca, Albania, to Indiana in May to undergo life-saving surgery through an organization called Gift of Life International.

The Journal & Courier reports (http://on.jconline.com/19JHGPX ) the program works with Rotary International. Chairwoman Stephanie Kinnaman says it tries to bring four or five babies to Indiana each year to correct a congenital heart defect.

The first Gift of Life surgery at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis was in July 1998. More than 55 children have had surgery there.

Luna’s family says the program is an answer to their prayers.

Luna has done well since her surgery. She and her mother will return to Albania next month.

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Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com

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