Ashley Phillips went home Tuesday to her cat, Casper, unopened Christmas presents and her worried twin sister, Amanda.
Just 21/2 weeks ago, the 6-year-old's condition had deteriorated to where she was not expected to survive. But doctors at Miami Children's Hospital performed a pioneering surgical technique using a tiny camera to repair her diseased heart.
Unable to get enough oxygen to her lungs, Ashley was born a "blue baby." She was 2 days old for her first surgery, which was meant to be only a temporary repair, said Dr. Redmond Burke, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Miami Children's.