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Sick Boy Receives New Heart After Visit From Melania

A young Greek boy awaiting a heart transplant had his wish come true shortly after being visited by First Lady Melania Trump.

The first lady visited the boy at a pediatric hospital in Rome on May 24, after she and her husband, President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, reports CNN.

"Upon landing in Belgium, I learned a young boy and his family who had been waiting for a heart transplant was informed that the hospital has found a donor," the first lady said in a statement. "I read a book and held hands with this special little one just a few hours ago, and now my own heart is filled with joy over this news."

She later tweeted: "A little boy who I visited today & had been waiting for a heart transplant will be receiving one! #Blessings #Faith."

"The hospital was struck by the timing of it all," said East Wing Communications Director Stephanie Grisham to CNN.

According to Grisham, Mrs. Trump personally wrote a letter to Pope Francis requesting a visit to Bambino Gesu, which is the largest pediatric hospital and research center in Europe.

Known as the "hospital of the Pope," it is "based on the moral and ethical principles of the Catholic faith," according to the official website.

"Our hospital was established in 1869 through an act of love by a family that was aware of the needs of less fortunate children -- the Salviati family," the site continues. "The project, which started as a room with four beds, has, over the years and thanks to the efforts of thousands of staff members, reached the point where today our hospital which is owned by the Holy See, is a work dear to the heart of the Holy Father."

While visiting with children at the hospital, Melania "spoke to them in Italian, she signed bandages and she took lots of selfies," Grisham said.

In addition to her native Slovenian language, Melania also speaks German, French, Italian and Serbo-Croatian, notes the Daily Mail.

"My visit to Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital today was very moving," she added. "To spend time speaking to and coloring with children who have such a positive spirit despite illness was an amazing gift. ... The time I spent with the little ones in the Intensive Care Unit is something I will never forget, and I will pray for each of them daily."

Melania also spent time in prayer at the hospital chapel and laid flowers at the feet of a statue of the Madonna, reports the Daily Mail.

After leaving Italy, she and the president arrived in Brussels, Belgium, where she will attend spousal programs at the NATO and G-7 summits, and later visit U.S. military personnel and families in Italy.

They are scheduled to return to Italy on May 26.

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN, Bambino Gesu / Photo credit: Pixabay

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