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B.C. girl youngest in the world to have heart pump put in her chest

Muskaan Grewal meets the media with her parents Sukhjit (left) and Harmon (right) at the Stollery Childrens' Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. Muskaan was introduced as the youngest person in the world to get a special type of artificial heart. She was five-years old and weighed just 18 kilograms when Edmonton doctors inserted the ventricular-assist device in her chest last September. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Jackson
August 01, 2013 - 11:07 AM

EDMONTON - A girl from British Columbia has been introduced as the youngest person in the world to get a special type of artificial heart.

Muskaan ('moos-khan) Grewal of Surrey was five-years old and weighed just 18 kilograms when Edmonton doctors inserted the ventricular-assist device in her chest last September.

Doctors say the previous record belonged to a six-year-old in Berlin, Germany.

The pump allowed Muskaan to live the normal life of a child and even go to school while she waited on a transplant list.

She then got a new heart in last month.

She is to return home this weekend and plans to start Grade 2 in the fall.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
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