Now that Heather McNamara is home all she wants to do is play with her pet dog and hang out with her big sister.
The amazing seven-year-old girl, who underwent ground-breaking surgery to remove what other doctors had said was an “inoperable tumor”, returned to her Long Island home Tuesday all smiles.
Heather underwent a grueling 20-hour operation Feb. 6 when doctors at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital took out six organs – and re implanted three of them.
The “miracle” surgery involved removing nearly every major organ in her abdominal cavity – the small and large intestines, liver, pancreas, spleen and stomach.
The organs were preserved using the same technique used for transplants while three surgical teams removed the tennis ball-sized tumor.
Heather’s father was on standby in case he was needed to be a liver donor.
Doctors could not re-implant Heather’s stomach, spleen and pancreas, so she is now diabetic.
She’ll still be able to eat even without the stomach – the food from a special diet will go right to the intestines.
Heather is expected to have a “big, long future ahead of her,” said lead surgeon Dr. Tomoaki Kato.
“We came here with no hope, and they gave us hope,” mom Tina said.
“It’s a miracle, it’s the best day ever.”