The day after Avery Toole was born, an echocardiogram revealed that she had a serious and rare heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Her mother, Cheryl, is a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital knew her only chance for survival was immediate open-heart surgery.
With the clock ticking for her survival, help came in the eleventh hour when a generous family from Texas who had just lost their child in a car accident decided to donate the heart of their child and give Avery a second chance of life.! 18 hours after her surgery, Avery was out of the emergency room alive with a new heart and a new beginning to life.!