Toddler Recovering Following Heart Surgery

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Thursday 27th December, 2018-A two-year old Antiguan child with complications of the heart spent the holidays with her mother in the U.S after hospital officials released last weekend.

Zoudiera Jackson underwent heart surgery to correct the defect of two holes in her heart on October 14th.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, her mother, Marecia Jackson-Williamson said her daughter was released from the hospital on Friday 21st December.

She indicated that after the initial surgery at the Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Zoudiera had some challenges that required her to have two additional surgeries. One involved the removal of fluid from her lungs, while the other was to address Intestinal Malrotation.

The mother of 6 says since the last surgery, her daughter has been showing improvement and she is grateful for the assistance from the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, the Minister, the honourable Molwyn Joseph, and the Medical Benefits Scheme.

The surgery is estimated at Twenty-Five Thousand US Dollars and was covered by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.

Jackson-Williamson said although her daughter is now out of the hospital, she must return in two weeks for a follow up examination.  At that time, doctors will be able to determine if it is safe for the child to travel back to Antigua.