Rylie is a kind hearted, energetic and hilarious girl who brings laughter to everyone she meets. Thanks to her Stollerific cardiac team, Rylie gets to spread laughter near and far!
Rylie’s mom went for an ultrasound at 32-weeks pregnant because she was measuring small. The ultrasound showed Rylie had a heart defect, there was little to no amniotic fluid and the placenta was no longer working properly. Rylie was delivered via an emergency C-section, but things didn’t look good. She was born with a hole in her heart and rushed to the NICU where she stayed for three months.
At six months old, she returned to the Stollery for open-heart surgery. A routine procedure that usually takes only three or four hours took more than seven for Rylie’s team to complete. The next day, Rylie took a turn for the worse and spent a week on life support. Things started to look up for Rylie, when she suddenly went into heart failure. Rylie’s team decided to move forward with a risky second open-heart surgery. Rylie is continuing to thrive to this day and her family is grateful to have a world-class children’s hospital in their backyard.