The Al Zahra Hospital. Photo: Google Maps
The Al Zahra Hospital. Photo: Google Maps

A Filipina was given two new heart valves and surgeons repaired a third one during complicated surgery in the UAE last month. Jennifer Rose Diaz, a 29-year-old accountant, went through a complicated operation at Sharjah’s Al Zahra Hospital after being rejected by many other hospitals due to the risks, Gulf News reported.

Cardiologist Dr Rafik Abu Samrah conducted the surgery which saw two of Diaz’s heart valves replaced, as well as another being repaired after they were damaged by a rare rheumatic heart disease.

Dr Abu Samrah explained her condition, saying Diaz may have suffered from rheumatic fever which led an infection towards her heart and damaged the valves of the heart.

The surgery was reportedly not cheap. While other hospitals listed the surgery at more than 260,000 Dhirams (US$70,796), Al Zahra agreed to pay half of the expenses, or US$35,398. Her insurance company paid US$21,783 and she was able to raise US$13,614 with the help of friends.

Born into a family with six children, Diaz works in Ras Al Khaimah. In the past, she was unable to sleep properly with a regular loss of breath and intense heart palpitations, which often left her fatigued.

Right after the surgery, however, Diaz finally had a good night’s sleep.