Meet Cate, Harper, and Mighty Mae our "Three of Hearts." These little girls were all born within three days of each other and were all at Boston Children's Hospital for open heart surgery at the same time! When they met for the first time at our photo shoot to encourage breastfeeding among mothers of babies with Down syndrome we were surprised to hear that they were in the same hospital at the same time having the same surgery but they never met each other. When their families told us what they'd endured and how relieved they were to celebrate their 1st birthdays a few days later, we knew we had to celebrate big! A triple cake smash, the set laden with hearts, was photographer Nicole Starr's idea. The girls are showing off their scars to let everyone know what a heart warrior looks like.
As many as 50% of babies with Down syndrome are born with congenital heart defects. Not all of those defects will need to be repaired but a large percentage of them need surgical intervention and they are always harrowing for the parents. Unfortunately, not all babies who have this surgery make it to their first birthdays and for those that do, their parents breathe a huge sigh of relief and often plan a big party to celebrate! These girls were no different and we are happy to say they are healthy and thriving today!
"THREE OF HEARTS" IN THE MEDIA:
- 3 baby girls born in 3 days with 3 heart surgeries celebrate birthday milestone by Genevieve Brown Shaw of ABC News.
- "THREE OF HEARTS” CAKE SMASH CELEBRATES THE BIRTHDAYS OF 3 LITTLE GIRLS WHO BEAT THE ODDS by Katy Anderson on Babble
- Babies Born With Down Syndrome 3 Days in a Row Share an Epic Birthday Cake Smash by Alessia Santoro on Popsugar Moms.
- Smash Cake Photo Series Features Three Adorable Down Syndrome Babies by Zara Husaini Hanawalt of Parents.
- Babies With Down Syndrome Who Were Born 3 Days in a Row Reunite for the Most Adorable Cake Smash by Maressa Brown of Cafe Mom.