CINCINNATI - Most people received heart-shaped cards or chocolates this Valentine's, but one mother feels especially blessed after her 3-year-old daughter received a real heart.
For three months Monica Lazo and her family bounced from hospital to hospital, trying to find a cure for 3-year-old daughter Trinity's aggressive heart disorder.
The Lazos, who are from Gastonia, N.C., tried out 10 different doctors before finding Dr. David Morales and Dr. Clifford Chin at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in January.
"My daughter was above and beyond their care and at that time we had very little hope. We had met with the doctors and they basically said that any time we had with her was borrowed time," said Lazo.
Trinity was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy last December, which meant her heart couldn't get oxygen to her body. But hope came in the form of a phone call.
"I was actually finishing up dinner with my son when we received the call, like I remember hearing 'she got a heart' and I dropped my phone accidentally and hung up on the doctor," said Lazo.
The doctors at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati performed the surgery within nine hours Thursday. Lazo is calling the success of the surgery her family's Valentine's Day miracle.
"It's immeasurable. I'm beside myself. The care they've taken of her has been amazing," said Lazo.
Specialists say within the next few weeks Trinity should be able to live a normal life again with her new heart. Trinity will remain in the hospital for a few more weeks while staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
9 On Your Side reporter Mekialaya White contributed to this story.
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