One 5-year-old girl had one wish before her fourth open heart surgery — get married to her best friend.
Sophia Chiappalone’s mother, Kristy Somerset-Chiappalone, told ABC News she’d do anything to give another smile to her daughter, who was born with several heart defects.
Chiappalone, who has already undergone three open heart surgeries during her short lifetime, spent much of her early life in Hartford Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. She’s now being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she is scheduled to undergo her fourth open heart surgery in January.
“It became apparent that her heart wasn’t looking as well as they would like and we knew she needed treatment,” Somerset-Chiappalone recalled. “So I asked Sophia, ‘What do you want to do? Do you want to go to an indoor water park? Do you want to go on a shopping spree, maybe get some toys?’
“And she said she wanted to be a princess and marry Hunter,” the Meriden, Connecticut, mother of three recalled.
When Somerset-Chiappalone, 36, told Tracy Laferriere, the mother of her daughter’s bestie, Hunter, what her daughter wanted, the family was on board.
“Immediately I started crying,” Laferriere, 34, told ABC News. “If it’s in my power to give that to her how could I not?”