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APPLE VALLEY -- Paisley Mae Arnold, the 4-month-old Apple Valley infant who needs a heart transplant, was successfully placed on a Berlin Heart earlier this week and is still waiting for a donor.
"Paisley is a fighter," said Darrell Feuerhahn, a friend of her parents, Rick and Charity Arnold. Feuerhahn and Rick Arnold are also firefighters with the San Bernardino County Fire Department stationed in Hesperia. "This is tough for Rick and Charity to go through, but I know Paisley will come through with flying colors." Paisley was born without a left coronary artery and needs a heart transplant to survive.
Loma Linda University Medical Center Children's Hospital surgeons placed Paisley on the Berlin Heart, an external device which helps the patient's own heart pump blood more efficiently, on Monday. It's a way to keep the smiling infant alive until a donor can be found, Feuerhahn said.
There were some scary moments for Paisley after the surgery which led to some bleeding into her lungs, according to Feuerhahn, but Wednesday morning, he said surgeons informed family and friends Paisley's lungs had cleared up and she was getting stronger.
A Facebook page has been set up for Paisley where people can receive updates on her condition.