Rachael has aortic stenosis, a condition in which the heart’s aortic valve obstructs blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. Rachael has had a balloon catheter implanted and will need to have at least two open heart surgeries in the future; she will likely need additional surgeries to replace her aortic valve. Doctors have also recently discovered that Rachael has an ascending aorta, which puts her at high risk of suffering an aneurysm.
Rachael knew just what she wanted for her wish: she wanted to go to New York City! During her exciting stay in the Big Apple, Rachael went to the top of the Empire State Building, took a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, saw The Lion King on Broadway, strolled through Central Park, toured NBC Studios and even met Matt Lauer of the Today Show out on the plaza! It was truly a trip Rachael will never forget!