Northridge Academy student gets new heart

October 16, 2018
Beatriz Vasquez estimates she’s spent more time at the hospital than at her school. But through it all, Beatriz has always made time for her education. Beatriz was born with a ventricular septal defect (VSD), a heart defect due to an abnormal connection between the lower chambers. Beatriz underwent multiple procedures and surgeries, often requiring long stays in the hospital. After a successful heart transplant in November of 2016, Beatriz returned to school in the fall of 2017, much to the delight of the staff at Northridge Academy. Despite her limited time at Northridge Academy, the impact Beatriz has made on the school is overwhelming. “We’re inspired by her story. By her strength. By her resiliency. It’s just amazing. It’s unlike anything else I’ve seen in my life.” - Northridge Academy High, assistant principal, Alex Carmona @ACSA_R16
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