Loulwa, a five-month old girl from Kuwait, was born with complex congenital heart disease. Doctors in Kuwait diagnosed her problem when she was three days old and she was admitted to an intensive care unit for a temporary banding procedure the next day. When she was two-months old, doctors in Kuwait advised her parents to seek surgery with world-renowned cardiac heart surgeon, Richard Jonas, MD, at Children’s National.
Loulwa’s parents began to communicate with Children’s National Heart Institute and the International Program to schedule an appointment in the United States . The arrangements were coordinated with the referring doctor, the family and the embassy. Everything went smoothly until the family arrived at JFK airport in New York City after a 13-hour flight. Loulwa had developed a fever and was rushed to a New York City Emergency Room and was admitted for three days before she could continue her trip to Washington, DC.
When Loulwa arrived at Children’s, Dr. Jonas performed major repair surgery. Loulwa was released from the hospital one week after the surgery. Soon thereafter, the family returned to Kuwait. Loulwa is doing well and the family is enjoying their healthy daughter.