At Newark Liberty International Airport on Wednesday to meet the girl and her mom were NJ State Police troopers, along with their counterparts from the NYPD, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Suffolk County (Long Island). They got a special police escort to Snyder’s Children Hospital in New Hyde Park.
The Operation Kids program, a congressionally recognized child safety initiative of the National Police Defense Foundation, is credited with arranging eight life-saving operations for critically ill children worldwide.
Melanie’s case was brought to the group’s attention by an email from Melanie’s mom, Elsa Mise, last December.
The NPDF got together with the Gift of Life, Inc., which recruited Snyder’s to conduct the operation free of charge.
For further info: Operation Kids Coordinator John De Prima at 631-559-7109 or Gift of Life, Inc at 516-506-0830. Photo: Courtesy Eyewitness News, Channel 7, New York City
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