Coralie was born with multiple holes in her heart, such condition is known as ventricular septal defect (VSD) which requires a surgery. The holes in Coralie’s heart were large and did not seal naturally on their own. Cardiologists at BC Children’s Hospital scheduled the operation to close the openings for when she turned six months of age. While waiting for that daunting procedure, however, Coralie contracted a virus that led to near total heart failure. She was four months old. Coralie was hospitalized for what turned out to be a three-month stay. She had very little muscle movement in her left ventricle, making it extremely difficult for her body to pump blood. After two and a half months, her heart muscle started moving, rather than having a heart transplant, the surgeon was able to complete the VSD hole-closure surgery for her.
Coralie is now 3 years old. She loves music and enjoys playing dress-up.
Animator: Faith Shehab @Faith Shehab
Music: Chillpeach – Teatime