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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — She captured the hearts of the entire nation with her big smile as she waited for a new heart.

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Earlier this week, we were happy to report, Sofia Sanchez got her wish. Tonight, we give her Three Cheers.

It was the news she’d been waiting for.

“You’re getting a heart. Congratulations. Yes it’s amazing I’m getting a heart!! Mom!”

Earlier this summer, 11-year-old Sanchez was admitted to the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago with heart failure.

The country fell in love with her when rapper Drake paid her a special visit after seeing her get out of her wheelchair and dance to the Kiki challenge.

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In the face of a life-threatening condition, Sanchez kept her joy, holding out hope, she’d get that new heart.

On Aug. 27, she underwent a nine-hour heart transplant.

Nearly a month later: “It feels like a regular heart. Like it doesn’t hurt or anything,” she says.

We all celebrated with her this week.

A joyful moment full of gratitude and excitement for the future she now gets to experience.

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A second chance at life with a big, happy heart.