Girl from Belize receives heart surgery

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by KVUE News

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Posted on January 14, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 7:40 PM

AUSTIN -- On Sunday, KVUE shared the story of a little girl who traveled all the way to Austin from Belize to receive heart surgery. 

Doctors at Dell Children's Medical Center fixed a valve in two-year-old Courtney Adalina Castillo's heart on Tuesday. As of Tuesday evening, Courtney was recovering in the ICU.

The Reese family in Round Rock is hosting Courtney and her mom, Trisha Lopez.

"We kind of put ourselves in Trisha's shoes," said Reese Ryan. "If we lived in Belize, and we didn't have access to this surgery, and we knew this was a terminal illness for one of our children, that would be devastating."

If all goes well, Courtney and her mother will return to Belize in about one month.

"It is everything," Lopez said. "I mean, not even words can explain how thankful I am."

Since 2000, HeartGift has treated more than 200 children from more than 30 countries.

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