Early the next morning, November 18, 2011, Mary and Don were awakened by Dr. Goldberg with news that Dr. Thomas Spray (Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at CHOP) had an opening in his schedule just 4 hours later, and there was no benefit in delaying the baby’s impending surgeries. Mary and Don knew they couldn’t let their little girl go into open heart surgery without a name, so after spending every last second with her, they decided on the name Cara Ann. The surgery was successful, and soon Cara was speeding her way through recovery in the CICU, and eventually in the step-down unit of the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU). Just seven days removed from surgery on the day after Thanksgiving, Cara was discharged to big sister Leah waiting at home. Due to feeding issues from paralyzed vocal cords, Cara was on a nasogastric tube for four months, and hasn’t looked back since that tube came out! As of her July 2013 Cardiac follow-up at CHOP, Cara is doing “incredibly well” and will celebrate her 2nd birthday and 2nd “heart day" in November! Cara loves to play babies and Little People; she likes Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Minnie Mouse. She is now sleeping in a big girl bed with her big sister Leah, and exceeding expectations daily. She is a rockstar, a miracle, and will always be our SWEETHEART!