Alamo Elementary School student Mila Cordero was recently named the school's “Heart Hero,” as part of a national American Heart Association program where local schools encourage kids to take care of their hearts.
Dressed in her superhero cape, Mila, a 6-year-old first grader, was excited to go in front of the school with her mom, Stacie.
When Mila was born she lived for two weeks without any issues.
On a fluke, her mom noticed a runny nose while visiting in San Antonio and took her to a clinic where they found a heart murmur and an enlarged heart.
After being sent to a children's hospital, Mila was diagnosed with Truncus Arteriosus and underwent open heart surgery.
“It was so scary,” said Stacie.
Mila is now healthy and happy and, just like every other girl her age, loves the Frozen movies and its snowman character, Olaf. Her favorite color is purple and she loves to play outside.
Eventually she will need another surgery, but for now the family takes it one day at a time.
The school is looking to raise $13,000 for the American Heart Association by Feb. 14, last year they raised $12,000.
The money goes towards research and the project teaches the kids ways to take care of their heart like eating healthy, exercising and being kind.