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Toddler Returns Home Following Successful Heart Surgery

Friday 11th January, 2019-The toddler who underwent heart surgery in the United States last October arrived home this afternoon with her mother.

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

Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment the Hon. Molwyn Joseph and  Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas were at the airport along with family members and friends to welcome Jackson home.

Following initial surgery at the Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville last year, Zoudiera experienced 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 toddler was released from hospital last month and completed follow-up examinations, before she was given the green light to fly home to Antigua.

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




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