“We clicked with Dr. Co-Vu almost instantly,” Campbell said. “We’re cut from the same cloth. It’s so nice and refreshing to have that in more of a personal setting.”
Riley had her first surgery, known as a Norwood procedure, when she was just 6 days old. Surgeons reconstructed her heart to allow the right side to become the main pumping chamber instead of the left side. The Campbell’s were in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU for less than a month when they got to bring Riley home.
“We knew that when she was in my belly that she was a fighter,” Campbell said. “She’s chill when she wants to be, but she’s a fireball at the same time.”
Riley is now 6 months old, and her mother said her daughter is doing great. She loves to play and is also starting to babble. The infant is at home with her furry brother and sister, Australian shepherds Brody and Stella.
“They are just smitten with her,” Campbell added. “They stay by her side as she grows stronger each day.”