Four-year-old Charlee Rivers is now playing just as hard as all the other girls in her neighborhood, it’s unbelievable to think that just a year ago, she had a critical heart defect and was at the top of the heart transplant list.
Immediately after Charlee was born, doctors at the Levine Children’s Hospital rerouted all her arteries to her right side. She was essentially born with “half-a-heart”, according to her mother – a condition that impacts roughly one-in-a-thousand children.
In her first 3 years of life, she had to undergo numerous surgeries – many thought she’d never make it to see her 4th birthday.
On July 11th, 2016, Charlee was officially released from the hospital.
The Rivers family now believe that what happened to Charlee was a true miracle, they believe that Jesus healed her.
“It had to be a miracle. There’s no other explanation for how she turned around because she was top priority on the heart transplant list,” commented her mother.
The Rivers family wants Charlee’s story to be shared to inspire hope in others, and to help fundraising drives for other children born with congenital heart defects.
If you’d like to continue to follow Charlee’s story, you can follow her on Facebook here.