On February 22nd, 1991 Yanira Maribel Santos was born in Los Angeles, CA. Just a few months before, her mother had been informed that her daughter would be born with heart complications. At 9 months, Maribel underwent open-heart surgery to repair an anomaly of the pulmonary artery. The surgeon spoke to her father and explained that the surgery would only allow her to live 20 years without major complications. Besides yearly cardiac catheterizations and constant doctor visits, she lived a seemingly comfortable life without serious health issues.
It wasn’t until she was 18 that she had her first major onset of symptoms and was hospitalized. This incident created a snowball effect of serious issues, and her quality of life was slowly declining. On May of 2015, she had a stent procedure which gave us the first sign that she wasn’t recovering as quickly anymore. Her cardiologists brought up the idea of a heart transplant, giving her hope, only to later claim that it wasn’t a viable option because of her anatomic complications. As if this wasn’t bad enough, she continued receiving news that would make her life a daunting effort.
Just two months ago, what was supposed to be a routine procedure turned into a two-week hospitalization. After this hospital stay, her health took a turn for the worse and she was in constant discomfort and pain. Her medication made her feel nauseous constantly and lethargic. Week after week she was growing weaker.
On March 17th, 2017, while she was at home, she fainted suddenly which prompted her younger brother to call for paramedics. She was taken to the hospital, where various attempts to resuscitate her failed and her heart beat for the very last time.
My family and I would want to thank you for all the love, prayers, and support we have received during our time of grief. Due to this sudden and unfortunate event, we would appreciate a donation in any amount. All the contributions will go directly to our family to help ease the financial hardship of this tragedy. Thank you again for all the support.