Ava is four months old and has spent her entire life to this point in the cardiac ICU.
Born with Ebstein’s anomaly, pulmonary atresia, severe tricuspid valve insufficiency and tricuspid valve dysplasia, she’s had three heart surgeries and still waits for clearance to go home. That’s more stress than new parents Cayla and Eric should have to go through, and it takes a strong little girl to hold up through all of that.
Ava has countless family and friends waiting for her to get strong enough that she’s able to go home for the first time, and you can add Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun to the list of people supporting her in her fight.
This past Thursday, Braun and his fiance Larisa Fraser visited Ava and her family, bringing along a signed baseball and game worn batting gloves with the message “Stay Strong.”
Braun recently signed on with the SURG Restaurant Group and The Froedtert Hospital Foundation to help raise money to provide children in emergency rooms and waiting rooms with toys, videos, games and other items.
But for part of his day on Thursday, Braun was there to support Ava and her family. Sometimes even small gestures can make a big difference.
You can follow Ava’s journey at CaringBridge.org.
UPDATE: Ava was cleared and able to go home for the first time yesterday evening.