Local teen back home after life-saving heart surgery

Published: Oct. 2, 2018 at 10:14 PM CDT
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This summer, a local teen found she could received a life changing heart surgery.

Abigail Franklin was born with a rare congenital heart defect called Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries and is now at home recovering after that surgery.

"I've been feeling good. Regarding my chest, it doesn't really hurt unless I cough or something," said Abigail Franklin.

Abigail had her "Double Switch" surgery two weeks ago at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

"Abigail was born with the connections of her heart backwards," said Dr, Jorge Salazar, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

"He's actually switched the two major arteries so that the weaker ventricle is now pumping to the lungs and that eliminated the risk of heart failure," said Eve Franklin, Abigail's mother.

This all now means that Abigail can lead a normal life.

"We're thinking about all the firsts that we're going to see when we see her ride her bike, see her run," said Eve.

"I can go to the park and stuff with friends. I can do anything, honestly," said Abigail.

The Franklins hope their story gives hope to people in a similar situation.

"The first priority of the surgery is to save her life. Then the second priority is to give her a normal life. The blessing is we can do both," said Dr. Salazar.

"There is hope, and Dr. Salazar says that. He said he came here to Texas to give hope to these kids who have heard no and he wants to talk to them," said Eve.

Abigail has four more weeks of recovery until she can start physical activity.