Single mother who had a heart attack at age 27 and had to spend TWO YEARS in the hospital gets a life-saving transplant in time to celebrate Christmas with her nine-year-old son
- Victoria Guajardo, now 29, was just 27 when she had a heart attack that left her heart unable to pump
- She had an unsuccessful open-heart surgery at her local hospital, during which her heart stopped beating twice
- She was transferred over 300 miles away to a Houston hospital where she had a pump implanted to keep her alive
- Guajardo stayed there for nearly two years, during which time she didn’t get to see her son, Alfredo De la Cruz, often
- In October, she finally got a new heart and is recovering well
A single mom who suffered a heart attack at age 27 and spent two years waiting for a transplant got one just in time for the holidays — and now she gets to spend Christmas with her nine-year-old child.
Victoria Guajardo, now 29, was just 27 when she had a heart attack that left her heart unable to pump, according to KTRK.
She spent two years in a hospital over 300 miles away from home, meaning she didn’t get to spend much time with her son, Alfredo De la Cruz.
But in October, she finally got off the transplant list and is now recovering with a new heart — and her little boy.
Victoria Guajardo, now 29, was just 27 years old when she had a heart attack that left her heart unable to pump
She spent two years in a hospital over 300 miles away from home, meaning she didn’t get to spend much time with her son, Alfredo De la Cruz
After two years in the hospital, she finally got a new heart in October and can spend Christmas with her son
Victoria suffered an unlikely heart attack at a young age, and her heart no longer functioned on its own.
She went to a local hospital where she lives in Harlingen, Texas, where doctors rushed to shave her and performed open-heart surgery.
Her heart stopped twice during the operation, which was unsuccessful.
She was then transferred to Memorial Hermann in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, which is about 330 miles — or a five hour plus drive — from home.
The distance was especially trying because her son was still in Harlingen.
‘I was sad when she was transferred to Houston,’ he told KTRK. ‘I couldn’t be with her.’
Guajardo needed an artificial heart to pump for her for nearly two years, so she was stuck in a hospital a five hour drive from home
She said she is ‘very grateful’ for the donor and their family, adding: ‘t’s a blessing to have a new heart this Christmas’
But doctors could. At her new hospital, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Ismael Salas and his team performed another surgery, installing a pump to do the work of her heart as she awaited a transplant.
But as she waited for her name to move up the list, she was stuck in the hospital for nearly two years.
‘She is a really good person and a fighter,’ Dr. Salas said. ‘I’m very proud of all our team. This is a case where many people will give up or don’t move forward.’
Finally, in October of this year, Guajardo was at the top of the list and found a match, undergoing another surgery to get her new heart.
‘I’m very grateful for [the donor],’ Guajardo said. ‘For them, for their family. It’s bittersweet. It’s a blessing to have a new heart this Christmas.’
She is reportedly doing well since the transplant and has a good prognosis — and fortunately, she gets to be home with her family for Christmas this year.