Students embark on spiritual trip

first_imgThis weekend, a group of approximately 50 sophomores from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s embarked on a figurative and literal spiritual journey to an undisclosed location on Campus Ministry’s signature sophomore retreat, the Sophomore Road Trip. John Paul Lichon, Campus Ministry’s assistant director for retreats, pilgrimages and spirituality, helped coordinate the Sophomore Road Trip. “The Sophomore Road Trip is a wonderful retreat to allow sophomores to take a step back as they begin their sophomore year,” Lichon said. “[Sophomore Road Trip] is really a chance to think about ‘Am I the person I really want to be?’ Our biggest hope is that a retreat is a genuine encounter with God.”      Sophomore theology major Irina Celentano said the trip gave her a better perspective on her own life and the lives of others. “[The trip] gave me the time to step back and become more acutely aware of myself and what things I can change or improve on, but it also showed me how much progress I’ve made,” she said. Celentano said she went on the retreat in order to clarify her own goals and faith and to grow closer with her classmates. “I wanted to know what other people are going through and where they are on their various life journeys. I wanted a better appreciation of other peoples’ stories,” she said. Students do not know where the road trip will end until they actually arrive for the retreat, Lichon said. “It provides a nice analogy for our faith. There are twists and turns and ups and downs, but you get where you need to go,” Lichon said. In addition to enhancing to the intrigue and excitement of the retreat, Lichon said Campus Ministry designed this aspect of the retreat with a certain message in mind. “There’s a sense of mystery behind [Sophomore Road Trip], and some students come to find out what it is all about,” Lichon said. Lichon said the mission statement of the Sophomore Road Trip, written by the junior and senior leaders of the retreat, reads: “Through reflection informed by Holy Cross Spirituality, the University of Notre Dame Sophomore Road Trip provides students with tools to navigate the twists and turns of their vocational journey towards completeness in Christ.” Celentano said the mystery surrounding the destination of the retreat added a sense of unity to the weekend. “There’s something kind of exciting about not knowing where you’re going but still knowing you’re all going there together,” she said. Like all Campus Ministry retreats, Sophomore Road Trip is entirely student-led. Lichon said the team of leaders for this weekend’s Sophomore Road Trip began meeting before students left for summer break last year and continued as soon as the school year began in August. Celentano said the retreat revolved around a series of talks and group discussions but maintained a well-balanced dose of individual prayer, team-building exercises and discernment. “We had a lot of talks from the leaders on vocation and discernment and taking a step back to see where we are in our lives,” Celentano said. There are other opportunities to attend Campus Ministry retreats this year. “If people miss Sophomore Road Trip, they can go on a preached retreat, silent retreat or one of the pilgrimages over breaks,” Lichon said. Registration is now open for the Oct. 4 through 6 Sophomore Road Trip on the Campus Ministry website.last_img read more

Ex-Met Ed Kranepool Fighting for His Life

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For New York Mets legend Ed Kranepool, the letters “A.B.” used to be an abbreviation for his next at bat, of which he amassed 5,436 throughout his playing days in Flushing.Now, it’s an important detail – his AB blood type – in Steady Eddie’s quest to find an organ donor to replace one of his defunct kidneys. His are functioning under 20 percent, according to his doctors. Time is of the essence.“I thought, originally, that I was having a heart attack when the kidneys began to shut down,” says Kranepool, of Old Westbury. “I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t walk more than 10 feet.”That day, at the behest of his wife and grandchildren, Kranepool sought medical advice. Physicians ruled out a heart attack. The path forward became as clear as the route to first base: Get a clean bill of health and be a candidate for a kidney transplant. But Kranepool was dealing with a serious infection that kept him off the transplant list.“You need to be in tip-top shape for (transplant specialists) to consider you for a transplant,” Kranepool says. “So, we met with so many doctors. We went to the heart doctor for stress testing, then back to the kidney specialist. I even had to get a signoff from my dentist.”When all of the potential harbors for infection were checked, Kranepool received the OK to pursue a kidney match. It has since become the focus of his attention. While under very different circumstances, this isn’t the first time Kranepool has overcome adversity.  Being sent down to the minor leagues just a few months after winning the World Series stands out.“With the Mets for six or seven years at this point, we win the World Series in ‘69, you go from one year playing in the Major Leagues to the next where they send you down,” Kranepool says. “That’s a tough bullet to bite. It takes something inside of you to want to fight your way back.”But, he did it.“If you go down there and sulk, hit .100 or .200, you’re getting released,” Kranepool says. “You show them that you can do it, so I went down there and tried to hit .350. I earned my way back.”For good measure, “Kraner” hit .280 his next season in the majors. That was the best batting average by season during his illustrious 18-year career in the big leagues.Although he was never fleet of foot as a player, Kranepool, now 73, takes especially slow, ambling strides as he walks to ensure the loss of his recently amputated toes don’t cause a fall. He does this across his basement-turned memorabilia display, brandishing dozens of autographed photos and baseballs acquired throughout his playing days in MLB, pointing out certain precious moments with his intimidating Louisville Slugger- turned walking cane.Kranepool has been selling memorabilia to fans and collectors, giving others a chance to enjoy some of the precious items he collected.“We were always raising money for something,” Kranepool says as he expands upon a few select plaques from his countless days of charity work, digging in excitedly at every piece featuring charitable events organized in the name of Yankees’ legend Joe DiMaggio.Kranepool grew up in the Bronx and was, admittedly, a Yankees fan. Now though, Kranepool has many more precious moments to live for. He’s got seven grandchildren who keep him active. He loves boating and looks forward to getting back on the many local golf courses he’s walked for charitable causes.Martin Gover, President of Momentum Sports Management Inc. and Kranepool’s friend, says that it’d be tough to find someone more deserving of the help.“Ed is a true New Yorker through and through, someone who has always given back,” Gover says. “He’s the longest-tenured Met and is beloved by fans.”With luck, Kranepool will have a pinch hitter of his own come through in the clutch.OPEN INVITAIONKranepool is offering a limited number of collectors the opportunity to visit him at his home to examine and purchase unique Mets and Yankees memorabilia directly from his collection. The items for sale are autographed vintage photos, autographed assorted team and individual baseballs, great baseball memorabilia from different teams, as well as unsigned, never-before seen photos from when he was with the Mets.This is an opportunity to visit Kranepool for a Meet and Greet at his home this spring. The meetings will take place between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, as well as some weekends. All home visits will be by appointment only. This memorabilia sale will help pay for some of Ed’s major medical bills from this past year.Those interested should contact Martin Gover of Momentum Sports Management, Inc. at 212-918-4545.Organ Donor Need By The Numbers114,882: People on the national waiting list for organs.9,359: People waiting in New York State.8,110: People waiting in the New York Metro area.In NY, you can register to become an organ donor when you visit the DMV, register to vote, apply for an idNYC card, register for health insurance through the health benefits exchange, or at LongLiveNY.org.last_img read more

CUNA backs bill to study impact of HMDA data collection

first_img continue reading » CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote in support of a bill that would call for a study of the data required by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The Homeowner Information Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA) was introduced by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.).“Your legislation would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to complete a study on the data the CFPB is requesting from lenders. Studying the impact of increased data points will ensure that consumer data remains secure and not unnecessarily disclosed,” Nussle wrote. “It is important to do the study immediately, as credit unions have already begun the process of moving towards implementation of the rule. The GAO study will help to identify and reduce the risk of fraud or identity theft associated with the rule.“Furthermore, assessing the impact of increased data reporting will ensure that credit unions, which did not cause the financial crisis, are not overly burdened with unneeded data reporting,” Nussle added.CFPB’s amendments to the HMDA rule significantly increased the amount of data mortgage lenders, including credit unions, are required to provide. While the Dodd-Frank Act outlines 17 required data points, CFPB requires more than double that. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

National conference to help business gird for pandemic flu

first_imgJan 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Decision makers in commerce and industry can explore how to plan effectively for an influenza pandemic at the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy’s (CIDRAP’s) second national conference on business preparedness, to be held Feb 5 and 6 in Orlando, Fla.Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will deliver the summit’s keynote speech on the significance of globalization and politics in responding to pandemic flu. Others on a long list of speakers include Margaret Chan, MD, the new director-general of the World Health Organization (via video); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH; CIDRAP Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH; John Barry, author of The Great Influenza; Rajeev Venkayya, MD, senior director for biodefense with the White House Homeland Security Council; risk communication consultant Peter Sandman, PhD; and Tara O’Toole, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh.Scientists suspect that the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, which has a 60% mortality rate in humans, could trigger the next human pandemic. The virus has already infected millions of birds globally; of 269 people infected to date, 163 have died.Osterholm said in a press release that the summit is an opportunity to review progress—or lack thereof—in preparedness planning during the past year in the private and public sectors.”Attendees will also delve into the specific tools necessary for the particular preparedness responsibilities within their organizations,” he said.Presentations and breakout sessions with experts from various fields including economics, law, government, media, and healthcare will focus on how to assess risks and implement practical solutions. Participants have the opportunity to learn the scientific facts behind pandemic flu and the economic, legal, and security implications of a pandemic, as well as hear what others are doing to prepare and how they can make their own plans more efficient. Other sessions will highlight historical perspectives, how to deal with apathy, communication strategies for different constituents, and factors to be considered in information technology and supply chains.The 2006 summit in Minneapolis, the first of its kind on a national scale, drew more than 200 organizations.Jeanne Denz, director of global benefits for General Mills Corp., who attended the last summit, said business preparedness today is somewhat better than it was a year ago. “I do, however, find that there are many organizations that are experiencing ‘pandemic fatigue,’ and the pace of activity has been much slower this past 12 months,” she told CIDRAP News.Denz will moderate a panel on human resources and pandemic preparedness at the summit. She said the conference allows business experts to learn about current thinking on the role that government and municipalities will play in a pandemic.”It is also an opportunity to share best practices on both processes and decisions that have been made, as well as ideas on how to create traction in the business community,” Denz said.Jeff Levi, director of Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit public health advocacy group, emphasized the need to understand the mutual expectations that government and business have of each other in a pandemic. Levi will moderate a panel on perspectives of the role of business and government in preparedness planning.Businesses are taking action in pandemic influenza preparedness, Levi told CIDRAP News. “There’s certainly been a lot more attention paid,” he said. “What the depth of the planning is is still questionable.”However, he noted that it is mostly large businesses that are making plans, while smaller businesses lag behind and require resources to help them move forward. “Large corporations have the wherewithal to do this,” he said. “It’s the small, midsize corporations that need more help . . . to be as well prepared.”Other panel sessions will explore what business and the media should expect of each other during a pandemic and what businesses should know about vaccines, antivirals, respirators, and masks.last_img read more

Education and retention of quality staff, extension of the tourist season, preservation of the authenticity of destinations and tax policy in tourism as key challenges in tourism

first_imgA special Masterclass on “Spring & Tourism Masterclass” which was held in the format of a panel discussion and introductory professional presentation held at Edward Bernays High School in Zagreb in cooperation with Jutarnji list detected key challenges in areas such as education and retaining quality staff in Croatia. extension of the tourist season, preservation of the authenticity of destinations and tax policy in tourism. Šolić’s team sat down at the table and decided to turn to health tourism, for which Lošinj has natural resources, strategy and future. He also recognized the potential in golf. “These are the two directions we have on Lošinj. Golf is not played in July and August because it is too hot. In the 7th, 8th, 11st, 12nd and 1rd month, the weather is beautiful and we will fill our capacities”, Is Šolić’s opinion. “First of all, our tourism is an extremely seasonal sector and as much as 86 percent of all tourist activities in Croatia take place during the few summer months. It is additionally problematic that 96 percent of these activities take place on the coast and in Zagreb. This means that we have a lot of room for improvement and development of the tourist offer for the rest of Croatia, but also for the extension of the season. Namely, we are well below the European average. For example, if we compare only the peak of the tourist season, ie the 7th and 8th month, in Croatia the load on space and population is 10 to even 20 times higher than in other European countries. Just remember what some destinations and beaches look like with us during July or August”, Said Tutek. The introductory speech was given by Emanuel Tutek, a partner in the consulting company Horwath HTL, who said that “the business model of Croatian tourism is unsustainable and has its serious challenges“. Given that 19 percent of domestic GDP comes from tourism, the unsustainability of the system is a more serious problem, reports Jutarnji list. At the panel discussion, the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, the President of the Luksic Group Davor Luksic Lederer, the President of the Management Board Jadranka Sanjin Šolić and Emanuel Tutek from the company Horwath HTL spoke. But the eternal problem facing the entire tourism sector remains labor and wages. “Wages are a problem, but they are the base that attracts workers”, Tutek thinks, and Šolić agreed with him, saying that he cannot increase salaries because he does not have enough income. That is why he pays his workers for trainings that cost around 25.000 euros, he explained. However, after completing their education, workers often leave Croatia. “Every year my guests pick the best workers. We are looking for ways to keep workers, but I cannot compete with Austria or any other European country. I offer a starting salary of about 5.000 kuna, and there the waiters have about 12.000 kuna”, Concluded Šolić. “We want to be competitive, but there are a number of things by which we are neither closer nor wider. Reducing VAT is certainly very important here, and there is also the issue of consistent policy. It is important to us that at some point we can have a perception of what will happen in the future, but if policies are constantly changing we cannot have a stable business”, Said Sanjin Šolić, President of the Management Board of the Lošinj hotelier Jadranka. Davor Lukšić, president of the Lukšić Hrvatska Group, agreed with him, pointing out that the VAT rate of 25 percent is quite high, while with 13 percent there is still room for improvement. “We must remain competitive, especially now that other destinations in the Mediterranean are returningHe added. One of the negative factors is non-competitive wages. In Austria, for example, hotel salaries are about 122 percent higher. However, hoteliers in Croatia have noticed a large discrepancy in the numbers, so they have started to increase the salaries of their workers. This has borne fruit – with the growth of salaries and expenses, revenues have also grown. “Now the pressure on public finances is being relieved and taxes on the economy can be reduced slowlyo “, concluded Cappelli. It is predicted that hoteliers could reduce the volume of investments by about 30 percent in the next three to four years. “We want to warn the Government that it must not allow this. We have to invest, but we expect that the Government’s measures will encourage us to do that, and not hinder us”, Said Sanjin Šolić. Croatian tax policy is also a problem. There is practically no real estate tax in Croatia. “We are champions in how good it is for private renters. Croatia is a tax haven”, Said Tutek. Gari Cappelli: Destination management is a bigger problem for tourism than VAT “We have a problem having five star hotels in destinations that have two stars. We must first start strengthening the quality of destinations and measure what is happening throughout the year and only after a few years see if there are satisfied residents and tourists and service providers and the environment. If everyone is more or less satisfied, then it makes sense to invest in a four or five star hotel business”, Explained Cappelli and added that in Croatia it is a common case to invest in luxury hotels, but no work is being done on the development of the destination. “Well we have cases where five-star hotels don’t have sewers but a septic tankHe said. In addition, there is the problem of human resources, but it is a global problem, explains Tutek. But given that the international labor market is more competitive than Croatia’s, foreign countries have their holes and a shortage of workers full of Croats. According to the competitiveness index on the labor market, we are only 100th out of 138 countries in the world. It is even worse that we are the last and penultimate in the world on the scale of attracting and retaining workers, Tutek pointed out. “We have no solution. The answers cannot be some lump sum measures and initiatives, we need something more fundamental.” In order to prolong the tourist season, Lukšić and Šolić turned to congress and health tourism, respectively. “In the past two years, we have extended the season, and the so-called ‘congress season’. But still we all have to sit down at the table and devise a strategy for the winter season as well which is actually the only problem”, Said Luksic. But Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli believes the high VAT problem is one of the easiest problems for the domestic tourism industry. He emphasized that the Government could easily reduce VAT to 10 or 13 percent, and announced this decision for the beginning of next year. Cappelli believes that destination management is a bigger challenge for tourism than VAT itself. He added that we have a lot of room for improvement and development of the quality of accommodation provided. Croatian hotels, which are the flagship of our catering industry, are losing the battle with the hotel industry in the rest of Europe, and the fact that with each new night of tourists the income in Croatia is decreasing from year to year is alarming, Tutek believes. “By increasing the number of rooms and achieving the seasonality of the Mediterranean, it is possible to realize the potential of about 50 million new overnight stays on a sustainable basis, but the point is that we do not have them in July and August but in the rest of the year.”, he pointed out. Source / photo: Edward Bernays High School, Jutarnji.hrlast_img read more

Lawmakers should pass home abuse bills

first_imgI’m sick to death of hearing about all the abuse and neglect in care facilities. I also have family and friends who live in group homes. My family and I have five years experience visiting a nursing home on a weekly basis.I think all facilities should treat the people who live there with dignity and respect. People in the neighborhood should do the same thing. The neighborhood and group care organizations should work together as a team and not tear each other apart. There should be a dialogue between all communities and all the people who live in these communities. I don’t care about what race, disability, religion or color a person is. Everyone should be treated equally.If you see something, speak up. If you don’t, abuse and neglect could happen to you or your loved ones in a facility. If this abuse and neglect keeps on happening, where will people live? Where will people go to get the care, love and support they need? All people deserve to have the freedom to live in a welcoming environment. All faculties should a place for people to grow, mature and be safe.State legislators should pass both bills (A6830A/S4736B and S5089) regarding abuse and neglect within care facilities. Ashley ZoltowskiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re May 6 editorial, “Take steps now to prevent future abuses of disabled”: I’m almost 25 years old and I’m a person with cerebral palsy. I’m working towards my GED and have a part-time job as an after-school counselor in a care facility in the community.last_img read more

BH&S acquires Hunters

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Jokowi promises Microsoft simple regulation for data center investment

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has promised United States-based technology company Microsoft it will create a simple regulation to allow the tech giant to invest in a data center in the country.“Microsoft would like to immediately invest in Indonesia, so we will decide within a week to issue a simple regulation to support investment in a data center,” Jokowi said after a meeting with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Jakarta on Thursday.The decision to issue a new regulation was made as the House of Representatives’ deliberation of a data protection bill continues to lag. The bill mandates the formation of an independent data protection authority (DPA) to monitor and analyze personal data usage by corporations. The DPA must also ensure data regulations do not interfere with technological developments.Read also: Google, Facebook to set up data centers in Indonesia: MinisterThe President said Nadella wanted to push the country’s businesses to be more efficient and effective in line with the government’s vision.“We predict that [businesses] will continue improving after the development of our telecommunication infrastructure, namely the Palapa Ring,” said Jokowi, referring to a billion-dollar fiber optic development project to connect all corners of the country.He explained that the government would continue improving internet network across the country, adding that the development of the country’s digital economy was crucial to boost the marketing of local products.Indonesia’s digital economy is expected to dominate Southeast Asia, with its market expected to triple in value to US$130 billion by 2025 from $40 billion in 2019, according to the annual e-Conomy Southeast Asia study published last year by American tech giant Google, Singaporean holding company Temasek and management consulting firm Bain & Company. (awa)Topics :last_img read more

Indonesian peacekeeping contingent helps free American hostage in DR Congo

first_imgThe Indonesian peacekeeping contingent of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), or MONUSCO, has succeeded in helping to free a United States citizen who was held hostage by an armed bandit group in the African country.Col. Daniel Lumban Raja, the commander of the Indonesian Military’s Garuda Contingent XXXIX-B Rapidly Deployable Battalion (RDB), said the US national, identified as Sarah, was released after having been held by the bandit group for 16 days in Ake village, some 10 kilometers from DRC’s Lulimba.“The rescue began with the transfer of information from the MSF team to the Lulimba Static Combat Deployment (SCD) commander, Maj. Yoni,” Daniel said in a statement published on Monday. Before the operation took place, the Indonesian military members started by planning a negotiation with the bandit group as they feared that Sarah’s condition might have worsened after more than two weeks held hostage.Yoni, together with the MSF team, the village chief, the DRC armed forces (FARDC) regiment commander and the local police, held a briefing in Lulimba to finalize the negotiation plan and prepare anticipatory steps.Read also: Death of Indonesian peacekeeper highlights dangers of field operationsDaniel said the village chief and two members of the MSF team carried out the negotiation successfully and reached an agreement with three bandits armed with AK-47s.“The RDB played an important role in ensuring that the situation was under control by implementing outer ring security in order to provide backup and take action in the event of a critical situation during the hostage negotiation process,” Daniel said.The bandit group finally agreed to free Sarah. She was reported to be in stable condition during the time of the release and was immediately admitted for intensive medical examination afterward.The Indonesian Military, however, did not mention the date of Sarah’s release in its statement. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Chest Saved by Surgery

first_img 22 Views   no discussions Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Chest Saved by Surgery by: – November 22, 2012 Sharecenter_img Audrina Cardenas was born with her heart outside her body. (ABC News)Five weeks ago, Audrina Cardenas was born with her heart outside her body. The condition is usually fatal. But Audrina has survived, and doctors are hopeful after they performed surgery to tuck her heart back where it belongs.Audrina had a rare congenital malformation known as “ectopia cordis,” where the heart is abnormally located either partially or totally outside the chest. Audrina was born on Oct. 15 with her heart exposed.Eight babies out of every million are born with her condition and 90 percent of the eight are either stillborn or die within the first three days of life.A statement by Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where Audrina was born and operated on, said that on Oct. 16 “a multidisciplinary team of surgeons at Texas Children’s saved Audrina’s life during a miraculous six hour open-heart surgery where they reconstructed her chest cavity to make space for the one-third of her heart that was outside of her body.”Audrina’s mother, Ashley Cardenas of Odessa, Texas, told ABCNews.com she learned of the baby’s condition when she was 16 weeks pregnant.“I was told that it is a very rare condition and that the survival rates are really low and that if she did survive they don’t know what kind of life she will have,” she said.“They gave me the option to terminate the pregnancy, continue with the pregnancy and do something called comfort care at the time of delivery, where instead of doing anything painful to her or do surgery they let you spend as much time with her until she passes, or opt for a high-risk surgery to help repair the heart,” said Cardenas.Cardenas decided to carry on with the pregnancy despite low chances of Audrina’s survival.“As soon as I made my decision to continue with the pregnancy, the physicians in Midland referred me to Texas Children’s Hospital where a team of miracle workers provided the specialized treatment and care my baby and I both needed,” she said.“This risky operation on such an uncommon condition required specialists from a variety of care teams including cardiovascular surgery, plastic surgery and general pediatric surgery,” Dr. Charles D. Fraser, surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) told ABCNews.com.“I have only seen this condition a few times in my career and these are always very tricky cases; in fact, many of these babies do not survive … Audrina is a true fighter and we are so excited that this was a good outcome,” he said.“She’s a fortunate child to have gotten through difficult circumstances. She is a very strong baby and is also fortunate because her other systems are normal,” said Dr. Fraser, who added that it was promising that she still is showing improvements.“We’re not definitive about her prognosis, but so far, so good. We are very optimistic about the long-term prognosis. The baby will probably have to have operations in the future. Her sternum is about half formed but these are things we can deal with,” said Fraser.“Despite Audrina’s misplaced heart, she was born with no other syndromes or genetic conditions that would cause additional stress or complications on her heart,” Dr. Carolyn Altman, a pediatric cardiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at BCM, told ABCNews.com.Dr. Larry Hollier, chief of plastic surgery at Texas Children’s, played a key role in the surgery. “After reducing the heart into the chest we needed to mobilize the surrounding soft skin tissue to cover the heart itself to get it back in,” he said when explaining his part of the surgery.Audrina is still at Texas Children’s for an open-ended stay, said Dr. Fraser. “It would be a great blessing if she can celebrate Christmas with all of us at home,” said Audrina’s mother. “I want to tell the team at the hospital, ‘Thank you for everything.’ If it wasn’t for them and the grace of God she wouldn’t be here,” she said.By DINA ABOU SALEM, ABC News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more