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❤️‍🩹Heart Journey

✨Meet Nelia, our brave and incredibly adorable little heart warrior! This is her with her dedicated cardiac surgeons just a few weeks after her heart surgery in early June, and she is recovering excellently.

🩺Nelia underwent a resection of a vascular ring, a rare congenital defect affecting less than 1% of children. A vascular ring occurs when the aorta (the large artery that carries oxygenated blood out of the heart) or its branches form a complete ring around the trachea (the tube that carries air to the lungs) and the esophagus (the tube that carries food to the stomach). This happens when certain parts of the aorta that normally disappear during fetal development persist abnormally, potentially causing breathing and swallowing difficulties.

🏥Throughout her hospitalization, Nelia has not only captured everyone's hearts with her little cheeky smile but also charmed our dedicated medical team. She impressed us all with her courage and won over the hearts of the medical staff who cared for her. Nelia's bravery continues to inspire us every day as she recovers from her surgery.

🐻❤️She also formed a special bond with her faithful teddy bear, Super Kardoulis, who stayed by her side through it all. Supported by the unwavering love of her parents, Nelia's recovery has been filled with love and care. Her parents have been by her side every step of the way, providing comfort and encouragement throughout her hospital stay and beyond. Their dedication and support have been crucial in Nelia's healing journey.

Sending lots of love and hugs to this little angel and her very kind parents!💗

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