Sofia Sanchez had two birthday wishes: a visit from Drake, and a new heart.
The 11-year-old Downers Grove resident had her first wish granted Aug. 20, when the rapper paid her a visit in her hospital room as she awaited a heart transplant.
Late Sunday night, Sofia learned that her second wish would be granted: A new heart was ready for her.
Drake and Sofia hit it off instantly, talking about the show “Riverdale,” taking silly selfies and singing songs from Drake’s new album “Scorpion,” her mother, Natalie Sanchez, said last week. He even called her his “little best friend” and gave Sofia his private phone number, so they could FaceTime.
Earlier this summer, Sanchez was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a condition that often leads to heart failure and the need for a heart transplant to survive. A recent study conducted by the Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry found that about 40 percent of children with cardiomyopathy will die or require a transplant within two years of diagnosis.
Three weeks ago, Sofia underwent open heart surgery to receive a VAD (ventricular assist device) that helped her heart pump blood. The device is often used as a bridge to heart transplantation — Sofia has been waiting for a new heart for eight weeks.
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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune, Morgan Smith