Christina was born On April 9, 1989. Soon after her birth it was discovered that she had a heart defect. She was first diagnosed with a PDA, and had surgery to repair that when she was one year old. She was also diagnosed with aortic and sub aortic stenosis. She had 2 catherizations and one surgery, after which she was diagnosed with Shone’s syndrome (a collection of heart defects on the left side of the heart). She went into the hospital on September 29, 1997 for a heart valve replacement. She suffered complications from this surgery, and never awoke after the procedure. She spent 3 weeks waiting for a heart transplant, but 5 days after receiving a new heart, she lost her fight on Halloween – October 31, 1997.
Christina was a remarkable, vivacious and incredibly happy child. She was an 8-year-old girl full of life, with the richest, silliest laugh that you couldn’t resist. She loved being with her friends, playing. She loved school, and was always so proud of her accomplishments and assignments from school. Her favorite activities were drawing, painting, reading, riding her bike, and being silly. She loved being with her grandparents, cousins, and her stepbrother and sister. She had a large extended family and she was loved by all, and she treasured all of them. She was very accepting and forgiving of others, always concerned about the other kids in the hospital while she was there.
She was creative and playful, creating her own worlds and stories with her biggest treasure, her Barbie dolls. She
may have suffered more than any of us could have known. Yet, she lived her life with so much happiness, contentment,
and a sense of caring, patience and appreciation that she taught us all an important lesson.