CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - “I’d love to tell you the story of our little girl,” Brooke Spence said from her home in Mount Holly. “Jessie was born with a congenital heart defect and had open heart surgery at six days old. Just last month she had her third surgery – three surgeries by the age of one! That can be a lot of strain on your child. But Jessie is one of the strongest babies around. She has the sweetest and most fun personality. She steals the hearts of all who meet her.”
Anyone who lives in the CHD-world, or has loved on a child with heart issues, knows multiple surgeries in the first year is common.
Doesn’t mean it’s not scary.
After Jessie’s first surgery in that first week of life, she spent 47 days in the hospital.
But now, her mom says she’s doing everything any other 13-month-old does. She enjoys playing outside and riding in her push cart, while looking up at planes and birds in the sky. Brooke says she’s feisty, but sweet, rolled into one.
“We’re not sure what’s next but have high hopes for our baby girl,” Brooke said. “We wanted everyone in Gaston County in particular to know we’ve appreciated their support. Jessie is a miracle baby girl.”
Sometimes the stories are long and descriptive, sometimes just a quick hug to let the family know they're loved. Welcome to #MollysKids, Jessie.
**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there, which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.