In this March 6, 2018 photo, Syrian refugee Younes al-Hariri, 8, rests his head on the lap of his mother, Ridaa al-Hariri, at their home in Amman Jordan. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
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Matoura, who fled the Syrian war for Jordan in 2012, was only four months pregnant with her second child when she found out the baby had a congenital heart defect known as tricuspid atresia, which has a mortality rate of 90 percent before age 10 .Last week, Eman received lifesaving open-heart surgery, one of eight cardiac operations that Italian pediatric surgeons from the Vatican's Bambino Gesu Hospital came to perform for free in Jordan.Jordan currently hosts more than 650,000 Syrians registered by the U.N. refugee agency, though the government estimates the number of Syrians in the country is twice as high.Syrian refugees are now paying health fees comparable to those charged to Jordanians, he said.After Eman's surgery, her parents watched her breathe, her chest covered with bandages and wires, rising and falling in rhythm with the beeping monitor.Doctors told them she would likely need another, more complicated surgery in two to five years.
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