Toronto pre-teen the youngest person in Canada to receive total artificial heart – GLOBAL

July 18, 2022

TORONTO — Multiple heart surgeries and near-death experiences have earned 12-year-old Mariam Tannous the nickname Mariam Miracle, says her mom.

And for good reason: About one year ago the now-thriving pre-teen became the youngest person in Canada, and among the smallest in the world, to receive a device known as a total artificial heart.

Her doctors at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children on Monday detailed their last-ditch measure to save her life when a previous transplant began to fail. It’s all the more remarkable because such devices are only made for adults _ the machine barely fit in Mariam’s chest and after implantation her surgeon Dr. Osami Honjo says he left the cavity open for days because it “was just too big to close it right away.”

Mariam’s mother Linda Antouan Adwar recalls many tearful days praying for her daughter’s recovery, and the elation she felt when she learned Mariam would be OK.

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