Sarah Bailey's Open Heart Fund

$7,500 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 237 people in 58 months


On Friday September 27, 2013 our lives changed forever. My niece Sarah told her art teacher that her heart was "beeping" too fast and immediately started crying. The school called my sister to come get Sarah and that is when the roller coaster started.



The next morning Sarah woke up her mom saying she couldn't breathe. She was immediately rushed to the hospital and they determined her heart rate was elevated. After trying anxiety medications, they realized something more serious was at hand. The next array of tests included an EKG and CT scan. It was determined she has what is called an anomalous origin of the left coronary artery. The cardiologist met with his team and they all agreed open heart surgery was needed.


To be on the safe side my sister and her husband went for a second opinion in Houston at Texas Children's Hospital. The second hospital conducted another CT scan,a nuclear stress test, and echo-cardiogram. The second team of doctors came to the same conclusion that essentially Sarah's left artery somehow stems through her heart. With age her heart will slowly but surely pinch off the artery causing cardiac arrest. The doctors told us this condition is very rare for someone her age. Sarah will need monthly visits to carefully monitor her progress.

My niece had her surgery on 12/2/13 at the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. She is recovering at home now and we all wait with bated breath to see how this amazing little girl will return to the healthy vibrant seven year we all know and love. We have a long road ahead of us filled with many doctor appointments, but we are keeping the faith. If one Facebook post can lead to a nation of Chivers coming to our aid...well then just about anything seems possible.
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Thank you to all who have helped support Sarah Bailey and her journey to recovery. Just a quick update, Sarah Bailey is doing better every day. She continues to take medication for high blood pressure, but we will be seeing her Cardiologist Monday to have her re-evaluated and see how she is progressing. Thank you for all your love and support!
Almost one month after surgery....
Day after surgery 12/3/13
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Thank you and hats off to you Chivers!!!! How sweet that you all have taken the time to donate and share some kind comforting words with my family. I am beyond blessed that there are pure hearted people in the world.. With that being said I would like to say that this journey with Sarah b has been a roller coaster of emotions. Whether it was me being scared to death the day of her surgery to me holding back the tears when I finally got to see her. It was a journey and I wouldn't have gotten through it if it wasn't for my strong faith in our Lord and the comfort of others he sent my way. Just a quick update Sarah is doing great! They removed stiches last Monday and she was a chamo up until they started to get closer up on her chest. That was just another tough situation she overcame. we are so proud of this seven yr old that we love so much. I am starting to think of her as my rock. The calmness I saw in her face the first day I got to see her after her surgery put my mind and heart at ease. she means the world to me and last Friday she saw her scar for the first time with no bandages... As she starred at it blankly you could see a sadness wash over her face. She was disappointed at the sight and we have reassured her that it was just another way to remember just how strong she's been. We love her no matter what and she is still the same beautiful girl. Thank you all for the well wishes it truly means a lot!
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The whole family is totally blown away by the generosity of Chive Nation!
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John Hinchman
58 months ago

Keep calm and chive on!!!

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Christopher Windham
58 months ago

I noticed you did not have a CHIvE shirt on in the pictures, please send me an address and a size for you and I will send one ASAP!

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Raised by 237 people in 58 months
Created December 17, 2013
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$20
Stew Horsley
58 months ago

Keep Calm, Sarah Bailey, and have a WONDERFUL Christmas with your family!

$20
Anonymous
58 months ago
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$100
Matt
58 months ago

Merry Christmas

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$10
Vince Rotella
58 months ago

My best friend in highschool just died last week and we had his funeral today. The family of my friend Garrett asked that instead of flowers that friends and family make a donation to "toys for tots" a charity organization for kids. I thought that donating to this brave and beautiful girl Sarah would be just as appreciated. I know its not much, but please get her something special for me.

$50
Anonymous
58 months ago
$25
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58 months ago
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$20
Ed Coleman
58 months ago

Welcome to the club, Sarah. I had open heart surgery in 1998, six months before my daughter was born. She is now in high school and I just retired this year. After my surgery I found out that that the teenage girl who lived across the street from us had heart surgery when she was a child. I couldn't see a scar on her chest even when she wore a bikini. Be strong and KCCO

John Hinchman
58 months ago

Keep calm and chive on!!!

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Christopher Windham
58 months ago

I noticed you did not have a CHIvE shirt on in the pictures, please send me an address and a size for you and I will send one ASAP!

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