A young Chicago heart patient that stole America’s heart after a surprise visit from Drake is doing well after transplant surgery. NBC 5’s Kye Martin talks to Sofia Sanchez’s doctor. (Published 6 hours ago)
Sofia Sanchez danced into surgery to Drake, then charmed the musician in a “heart-beat” during his surprise visit this month. Now, the spunky Chicago heart patient needing a new heart to live has one beating inside her.
“We were able to open her chest and put her on the heart-lung machine with no issues,” said Dr. Carl Backer, the division head of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital. “The donor heart functioned very well.”
Dr. Backer said Drake had a real impact, and not only on Sofia.
“I think it put her in a very good mental state that someone like that would care to come see her,” he said. “I would also say it buoyed up the whole hospital. I mean everyone in the hospital was talking about it.”
Dr. Backer guessed Sofia was his 250th heart transplant.
“It doesn’t get old.”
The next step will be a biopsy on Sofia’s new heart in 10 days that will tell her team more about her recovery moving forward.
As for Drake, he has a new fan: Dr. Carl Backer.