Reese has a passion for dance and downhill skiing. Thanks to the expert cardiac care she received at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, Reese gets to enjoy all of her favourite activities.
Reese was born with multiple heart defects and was immediately transported to the Stollery neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Alberta Hospital site. During a procedure to see if she was strong enough for her first of three open-heart surgeries, she went into cardiac arrest. After 20 minutes of CPR, she was sent to the pediatric intensive care unit for recovery. At six days old, Reese was finally strong enough for her first open-heart surgery and at four months old, Reese returned to the Stollery for her second surgery. When Reese turned two years old, she started experiencing shortness of breath and looking a little blue. It was time for her third and final open-heart surgery. Seeing Reese today, you would never know what she’s been through and that a heart transplant is likely in her future. Her parents are thankful to have the world-class Stollery right in their backyard, just a short car ride away.