“Nicole was never diagnosed with anything as a child. She always looked fine. She was 7 years old when she had her first surgery. She was running at school and she passed out and fell right on her face. A doctor at Children’s Hospital here thought that it was just weird for a little kid to do that, so he sent her to UCLA to have some tests done. They did an angiogram and saw that she was missing her left coronary artery. For seven years the left side of her heart hadn’t been getting any blood at all. I’ve got pictures, it’s really amazing.
“They told me if she didn’t have the surgery she wouldn’t make her 8th birthday. She’s made the medical books a couple of times.”