R Family's heartwarming session in Old Poway Park, Poway, CA
To say I was honored to capture this family's memories is actually an understatement. There are people in this world who are such angels that simply getting to meet them is a blessing....and little 10-month Makala and her family certainly fit that bill. Makala was born with basically half a heart, but somehow when you meet her, your own heart doubles in size.
Makala's Journey has been long and incredibly difficult for her, and for her loving family as well. Her sweet Mom broke down in tears a couple times in our session, recounting the harrowing details of Makala's initial diagnosis and subsequent life-saving but incredibly complicated surgeries. I felt so honored to be able to hear her stories and gain the blessings of perspective and empathy as we both shared tears and hugs. There have been some very close calls but Makala is a strong little fighter and has such as amazing family to love her through this all! And I feel so incredibly blessed and humbled to be able to help them commemorate finally getting Makala home (after spending her first 8 months in the hospital!), and to help them celebrate finally being able to be together as a family.
(If Makala's heartwarming smile touches you like it touched me, feel free to donate to her GoFundMe page. And if you want to help more families struggling through Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and other congenital heart defects, check out LittleHearts.org)
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