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The Girl Who Fought: Trinity Higgins and The Holes in Her Heart

May 2016

We don’t know how strong we are, until being strong is the only choice we have. Meet Trinity Higgins. Trinity was referred to the Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin when she was 2 months old because her primary care doctor heard a heart murmur and she had not gained an appropriate amount of weight. Testing showed that she was born with multiple ventricular septal defects (VSDs).

Her condition began to deteriorate, and she had her first heart surgery when she was 4 months old. It was a temporary fix that would allow her to grow and become stronger before the real hurdle of extensive repair. When Trinity was 5, she had the holes in her heart repaired. She unfortunately suffered severe complications after the surgery and had to be placed on an artificial heart machine called ECMO because her heart could not keep up with her body’s needs. Without this machine and the highly trained staff, she most likely would not have survived.

She returned again for her third heart surgery when she was 6 to have her mitral valve repaired, which was damaged as a result of the previous complications. The road may have been long, and often uncertain, but Trinity is now a healthy 14 year-old who hopes to one day repay the gift given to her and become a heart surgeon. We’d like to take a minute and thank Speedway for their partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and giving us the opportunity to sponsor Trinity. 

Sometimes, it’s helpful to step back and remember that success has nothing do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.