Grace – Heart Condition
Grace always dreamed of meeting her fairy idol Tinker Bell.
Grace was born with Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome meaning she has half a heart making her very tired and out of breath. She read the story of Tinker Bell countless times during her long stays in hospital and always dreamed of meeting her idol.
In 2013 Caudwell Children took Grace and her family to Disney World, in Florida, as part of the Destination Dreams programme. At Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Grace finally had the chance to meet Tinker Bell, who was brought to tears by Grace’s story. After spending time with her, she gave Grace a magic kiss on the cheek, telling her she’d always be in her heart.
On their return home Grace was admitted into Hospital for a major operation. Before undergoing surgery Grace said to her Dad: “Daddy I feel brave, it will be alright because Tinker Bell said she will always look out for me”.
Whilst sleeping off the anaesthetic, it was arranged for Tinker Bell’s magic kiss to reappear on her cheek. When her dad showed her the kiss Grace said: “I told you; I never have to be scared again because I will always have you and Tinker Bell by my side.”