Stephanie Privert says her trip from Port-au-Prince to the United States has been one full of miracles. The 16-year-old Haitian girl was brought to Louisville for a lifesaving operation to repair a leaky heart valve.
Stephanie’s home was destroyed in the earthquake, and she was sharing a tent shelter with her parents and seven siblings. Had she stayed there, she could have died. Her trip to Louisville was arranged by a humanitarian group called Healing the Children. Norton Healthcare and physicians and other care providers donated $200,000 in time and materials to cover her medical needs.
It’s been seven months since her 10-hour surgery late last summer. Stephanie is now in school – something she hadn’t been able to do for the past two years. She hopes to stay in the United States even though her visa ends in June.
Get Healthy’s Jackie Hays talks with Stephanie and one of her heart surgeons, Erle Austin, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Kosair Children’s Hospital, about her recovery, life today and plans for the future.