Baby Undergoes Successful Heart-Lung Transplant

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A 15-month-old girl is recovering after undergoing a groundbreaking heart-lung transplant surgery.

Parents Krystina Lopez and Jesus Neira had been told daughter Izabella would likely die before her first birthday.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel ( ) reports the child was born with a rare disease that was hardening the tissue in her lungs.

She was considered too young for a transplant and unlikely to find a suitable infant donor.

But specialists at Shands at the University of Florida decided to take Izabella on as their youngest heart-lung transplant candidate ever.

Izabella had to hang on for nine months attached to a ventilator before a match was found.

She underwent surgery on Jan. 27.

Doctors say her prognosis is good.