. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Girl Has Heart Surgery

ANN ARBOR, Michigan () -- A 15-month-old Moldovan girl with a leaking valve and 15 holes in her heart has undergone surgery to fix some of the major defects in her heart.


Aurica Opera is receiving the medical care thanks to a Michigan couple who met her mother last year in the former Soviet republic.


Doctors at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor operated for more than four hours Tuesday, addressing several problems, including repairing a damaged valve. Such an operation usually costs up to $45,000. But Aurica's medical care is being funded by a university-sponsored international program that has provided similar care to children around the world.