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IN People ON 16 Feb, 2016
A father's goodness is higher than the mountain, a mother's goodness deeper than the sea.- Japanese Proverb
Georgia was born with a hypoplastic left heart syndrome (only three of her four heart chambers work properly) and had her first open-heart surgery only five days after birth. Her parents, Gordon Lewis and Vanessa Marshall from Burlington, Ontario have been at her bedside since the moment she was born and hope to take her fit and fine back home. They haven't been to their home even once in the past four months, and so the Sick Kids Foundation decided the new parents a beautiful surprise on Valentine's Day.
The couple spends most of the time in the hospital with Georgia. Other times, they stay at the Ronald McDonald House 10 minutes away from the hospital.
Georgia has had three cardiac arrests till now and a breathing tube is attached to her body. Her parents can't bear to stay away from her even for a couple hours.
Plus, a chef and server were volunteered by a local restaurant, The Chase. Flowers, candles and a violin player were also setting the mood.
'Dear Mom and Dad, you gave me life, and that's the most precious thing ever. That's why I'm fighting so hard. I'm here and I'm in good hands,' read Vanessa with tears flowing down from her eyes.
Marshall says the couple draws inspiration from their daughter. "She's an amazing baby," Marshall said. "She's taught us a lot."