Donna and her family placed a special value on Christmas as Donnas parents and 3 siblings knew the end of another year meant one more year they had to spend with their miracle girl.
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Donnas was born in 1964 with a rare heart condition causing her blood to flow backwards through her heart.
When Donna was born, her condition had a survival rate of 0% and at the time babies did not live past 6 months of age. Donna's medical journey started at 2 months old and would incur 3 open heart surgeries and 10 other operations during her life.
Today, partly because of Donnas participation in experimental surgeries- Babies born with this condition carry a 98% survival rate.
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Television interviews with Donna in 1983 as she prepares for potential heart and lung transplant.
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