Shortly after Ellie came home from the NICU a sweet little girl was born in the same Barrie hospital and taken to the same NICU we had just left. This little girl was held and cuddled, loved and worried over by two loving parents just as Ellie was in the same room filled with beeping machines and scared parents. This little girl soon came home too and was taken to the cardiologist, the paediatrician, the rsv clinic. I’d smile at her mother in the waiting room with a common glance, “I know this can be hard.” Luckily we were brave enough to meet as strangers for coffee and leave as close friends, as the need to find someone who understands is a reassuring tug. No one can understand what it’s like to have a sick child, but I was lucky enough to find a friend who can know exactly what we’ve been going through. Ophelia and Ellie have a lot in common, they are both irresistibly adorable, they are both stronger than their age suggests, and they both were born with AVSD. Ophelia is having open heart surgery on Wednesday April 2nd. She will be in the same operating room Ellie was in, with the same surgeon. Please keep her in your thoughts as I am a strong believer in the power of positive thinking. I am looking forward to watching Ophelia and Ellie laughing together at how brave they both were to conquer heart surgery at 5 months old.
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