Updated Feb. 9:
Ally Smith Babineaux, the 23-year-old newlywed dubbed “The Bionic Bride” for her struggle against a rare heart disease that was treated by a revolutionary heart pump, is recovering from a successful heart transplant surgery performed yesterday.
This was a note sent to TODAY by her parents:
"Today is a wonderful day. Allyssa's surgery is down to just the cleanup work. Dr. Frazier has come out and told the family that everything went very well.
"He said the most difficult thing they encountered was trying to find an artery in her leg to connect into the heart/lung machine. That is a very minor problem. He said she received a beautiful heart and it is already pumping the blood through her body.
"Please pray for the family that lost a loved one in order to make this miracle happen.
"Allyssa will go to the critical care unit tonight and they will take her back into surgery tomorrow to clean her up and remove the pump. They don't like to waste time on removing the pump today.
"They will close her chest tomorrow. The hard part is over with. There is no doubt that God was in that operating room today.
"The heart that was taken out of Allyssa was huge. No wonder she was always complaining of pain in her chest. There was very little room for pump.
"This day could not have been as successful without the prayers performed by all of her family and friends. Once again God has answered."
And watch the TODAY anchors below wish her a quick recovery the day of her surgery.