Champion for Children - Nicole Vallez
Nicole Vallez

Nicole Vallez – Girly-Girl

My new heart makes me feel like a princess

Nicole loves to dress pretty and play with her dolls. She’s a lot like other little girls – except for the fact that when Nicole was one, doctors discovered her heart was rapidly failing. She was immediately put on the transplant list at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, where she later received the heart she needed to live. Twenty-five years ago, our heart team, led by Dr. Leonard Bailey, became the first in the world to perform infant heart transplants. Today we're still helping children like Nicole live to be happy, vibrant and healthy.

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