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ETX girl overcomes heart disease, becomes heart ambassador


An East Texas elementary school honored one of their students who has a congenital heart condition. They did that Tuesday through an event called Jump Rope for Heart, which is a fun way to help kids get involved with the American Heart Association.  

Elkhart second grader, eight-year-old Hannah Washington is full of energy.

"When I play it's kind of helping my heart," said Hannah.

Hannah knows it's through activities like jump rope for heart that keep her healthy.
And the doctor she sees twice a year reminds her to work out.

Darlene Washington found out early on that Hannah would have a heart defect.

"I was five months pregnant and so it was a miserable pregnancy," said Darlene, "But I know she's in God's hands."

Hannah has pulmonary atresia, where her pulmonary valve does not connect to her heart.

"When she was a year old, she had her third heart surgery and they put a graph in to connect those two," Darlene said.

Despite breathing problems, Hannah keeps up with all of her friends.

"You would never pick Hannah out of forty children running around this gym," said Hannah's PE teacher, Melody Farrow, "She blows and goes and does with the best."

On Tuesday, the school came together to honor Hannah as their Jump Rope for Heart Ambassador.

"She's able to do that because of all the research and the things that doctors have done through the American Heart Association," said Darlene.

With the help of her peers, Hannah hopes to keep collecting money to raise awareness of heart disease.

It's not official yet, but Hannah's teachers believe she raised the most money for Jump Rope for Heart-- $330. If she wins, she will be able to be the PE teacher for one whole day.

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