Published 7:57 p.m. UTC Aug 28, 2018
Little Sofia Sanchez, the 11-year-old heart patient who danced her way into the hearts of millions, including rapper Drake, had a new heart beating inside her on Tuesday and was doing well after nine hours of transplant surgery.
Surgeons performed the transplant on the suburban Chicago child on Monday at Chicago's Lurie Children's Hospital.
Cardiovascular surgeon Carl Backer told reporters the surgery went extremely well, although the first 48 hours after are critical for any heart-transplant patient.
Sofia shot to stardom last week while she was waiting for a new heart at Lurie, when she posted a video of herself, tethered to an IV pump, dancing down a hospital hallway, turning in one of the cutest entries for the "In My Feelings" viral-video challenge.
She invited her idol to come visit her for her birthday and to "cheer me up," and shrieked with delight when he actually turned up last week.
All of it was caught on video that went viral thanks to her family and to the hospital.
So on Sunday, when Sofia heard the news she was getting a new heart at last, it was natural the moment would be caught on video again.
"I'm getting a heart, Mom? Oh my God!" she exclaims, covering her mouth and choking up as she rushes off camera to her mother, according to a video of the moment posted Sunday on Facebook.
Sofia was in the hospital because her heart was failing due to cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body. She needed a new heart in order to survive.
But she didn't expect a surprise visit from Drake. She was stunned when he sauntered into her hospital room last week, according to video of the moment posted by the hospital.
When she spotted him, she froze and squealed, "Oh my God!"
"You asked me to come; I'm here," the rapper laughed.
"It's a miracle," said Sofia, who lives in Downers Grove outside Chicago.
The new friends took selfies, exchanged autographs, and talked about Justin Bieber and basketball.
Contributing: The Associated Press