I never cease to be amazed and humbled by the wonders Vanderbilt physicians, nurses, faculty and staff pull off each day. Today, they are happy to report on the progress of little Amenah, an Iraqi girl with a complex heart defect–her heart is backwards within her body. She is being discharged today to have some time to recover from the stress and infections she suffered traveling from Iraq before coming back to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for open heart surgery on Feb. 11.
Amenah came to Vanderbilt thanks to Major Kevin Jarrad, who is serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. He met Amenah and her family and set about marshaling resources to save her life. Many connections from that point brought her to Nashville and to Vanderbilt.