The first two years of Avery’s life were like a roller coaster. She would scream and sweat profusely, and catch every cold and flu that came near. Doctors found Avery had a heart murmur and she was ultimately diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect where her coronary artery was not attached in the right place, depriving her heart of oxygen since birth. Avery’s heart will never be the same and she will likely always need medication and future surgeries as she gets older.
Despite this, Avery is doing very well. She loves to dance, play music, dig in the garden, play with her dog and keep up with her big sister. Avery has a strong understanding of her heart condition and is comfortable discussing it with others.
Avery says that having heart issues is all she’s ever known, and she would never let it hold her back. She wants to help other kids in similar situations and tell them not to be scared.