Voluntography – September 2014

Meet Mackenzie. This little warrior turned one on September 2nd and just prior to her birthday underwent a second open heart surgery to repair a coarctation of the aorta.

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Mackenzie’s first heart surgery occurred when she was just 18 days old and she was one of 15% of cases that required a second surgery due to a build up of scar tissue. Unfortunately, during this most recent surgery, Mackenzie’s phrenic nerve was paralyzed, which has effected her diaphragm and voice. But, when I met her and her mom, Natasha, at Ronald McDonald House they were both in high spirits and preparing to go home to Whitehorse the following week.

Practicing clapping

Practicing clapping

Showing off her standing skills

Showing off her standing skills

And dancing to the Frozen soundtrack!

And dancing to the Frozen soundtrack!

Daredevil!

Daredevil!

Congratulations on breaking out! Wishing you the best in your recovery, Mackenzie!

Congratulations on breaking out! Wishing you the best in your recovery, Mackenzie!

To learn more about Mackenzie’s story, click here.

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