10:52pm Saturday 11 July 2020

Afghan girl to receive treatment for heart condition at N.C. Children's Hospital

Solace for the Children, a not-for-profit foundation based in Charlotte, N.C. will bring six Afghan children to Southern Pines, N.C. for a 6-week program that includes specialized medical care, cultural enrichment and team-building activities.  Each child will live with a host family during their stay in the U.S.

One of these Afghan children, an 8-year-old girl named Maryam, will come to N.C. Children’s Hospital at UNC for treatment. Maryam has a hole in her heart.  She will have her first appointment with pediatric heart doctors at UNC in early July. Her course of treatment will be determined at that time.

N.C. Children’s Hospital will pair Maryam with 6-year-old Hannah Saye of Pinehurst, who will be Maryam’s “Heart Sister.” Hannah had open heart surgery days after birth to repair a congenital heart abnormality.

Maryam’s care will be paid for with donations to a fund created by the generosity of a local, retired school teacher and long-time UNC Hospitals volunteer.

Media contact: Stephanie Mahin, 919-966-2860, [email protected]

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