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Nation IN BRIEF : FLORIDA

Dad Arrives, Gives Kidney to Daughter

September 18, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A Cuban-born Miami girl whose father fought for three years to come to Florida and give her one of his kidneys underwent life-saving transplant surgery, doctors said. Initial results were encouraging, Dr. Joshua Miller told a news conference at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Doctors gave Greta Blanco, 12, one of her father Alberto's kidneys and rebuilt her bladder in a rare and complex operation. Greta was born in Cuba with defective kidneys that contributed to health problems including slow growth, bone deformities, blindness and partial deafness.

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