Faith and Julie Kilkeary
Heart Recipient and Mother
“Faith was born on July 29, 2003 with a severe heart defect known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. At 2 days old, Faith had the first of three open-heart surgeries. The second of these surgeries came when Faith was just 4 months old, leaving her healthy and happy, with just one surgery left until her little heart could sustain life.
After months of normal life, full of love and laughter, Faith took an unexpected turn. The milestones that she met without difficulty began to weaken until they eventually became unachievable. Faith was in heart failure and was no longer a candidate for the third and final surgery. Her only option was to be listed for a heart transplant. Faith received her life-saving gift on January 10, 2005. Thanks to Faith’s donor, she can ride roller coasters, dance, run and do anything she sets her heart to.”