Meet Ava Jane – A very deserving princess

Ava’s story: Here’s the story of the little girl who really deserves to be treated like a princess, written by her nominator:
Ava Jane is truly a princess who deserves to be treated like a queen. Ava Jane was born on July 12, 2006 with a congenital heart defect that required immediate surgery when she was two days old. After that surgery, doctors realized that Ava Jane’s heart defect was much more extensive, and recommended a heart transplant. After twelve weeks of waiting, Ava Jane received her new heart on October 11, 2006. She flourished with her new heart, finally having the energy to grow and thrive. Unfortunately, because of her compromised immune system, Ava Jane developed bacterial meningitis in December 2007 and spent her Christmas at Egleston. In order to relieve the pressure in her brain, neurosurgeons placed a shunt in her brain in February 2008. As the effects of the meningitis began to subside, Ava Jane again began to make progress and grow and thrive. However, the months of the illness delayed her development, and as a two year old, she is more like a nine month old in her motor skills. In March 2009, finally feeling better, Ava Jane began taking some steps with assistance and was quick to scoot around the house, pulling down toilet paper in the bathroom and getting into general toddler mischief. She began to slow down by the end of April and after weeks of inconsolable tears, Ava Jane was admitted to the hospital on Mother’s Day. After running tests on every part of her body, doctors discovered that she had ulcers in her colon, the consequence of the immunosuppressant medicines necessary to protect her transplant. She is beginning to feel better, and armed with answers, medicines are being adjusted and plans are being made to relieve her distress. Ava Jane is a beautiful, social two year old with a quick to smile and amazing eyelashes envied by all the adult women around her. She truly needs a chance to be whisked away to princess land. We realize that our times with her may be shorter than we wish, and we would treasure special pictures of her for our family.

Ava Jane is truly special. Her sisters just love her to bits. The oldest girl is a girl after my own heart, a tomboy in every sense of the world. Hates getting dressed up. so she was being quite kind to come along and take photos in a pink *gasp* dress! The middle sister is in love with dressing up for sure, and was having a ball. Ava spent the time watching her sisters, being smooched on, playing with her dress and listening to the birds!

  • Sue Ann - May 25, 2009 - 1:52 pm

    What a BEAUTIFUL princess!!! Congrats Ava Jane! You really deserve this!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - May 25, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Congratulations Ava Jane! You are a beautiful beautiful princess and truly deserving of this special time with your sisters. May you always be so wonderfully blessed and rich in family and life.

    Warmest,
    LaurenReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Mapes - May 26, 2009 - 3:01 pm

    What beautiful princesses!! They are adorable. What a great gift.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Garner - May 26, 2009 - 5:04 pm

    I am so grateful that I finally get to see Ava. Her beautiful big eyes connect you directly with her beautiful sweet spirit. She is absolutely precious!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Toering - May 26, 2009 - 9:29 pm

    How beautiful!!! I love these pictures. I would love to use this photograher!!ReplyCancel

  • Annette Kersting - May 26, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Ava Jane is an inspiring little princess! These portraits are beautiful, what a beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - May 27, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    All three girls are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. Absolutely beautiful, precious princesses!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Quinlivan - May 30, 2009 - 6:05 pm

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful little girl. May God bless her and her lovely family.ReplyCancel

  • Stylized Portraiture » Published! - June 14, 2009 - 2:24 pm

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  • Gillian - June 20, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    Ava is a true gem … what a sweet heart! Thank you for sharing her story … I will be keeping her in my prayers. As a mother to three little girls, this story and your family is especially touching … be blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Eaton Hamilton - July 1, 2009 - 3:34 am

    Awww, these are so sweet. I’m so glad she got some special time being a princess with the other, bigger sister princesses. The images are beautiful.ReplyCancel

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