Gianna was born with a congenital heart defect known as Transposition of the Great Arteries, which happens when the flow of blood to her heart goes backwards. To date, she has had three open heart surgeries. Halfway through the second procedure, doctors told Gianna’s parents that she would not survive the surgery. Gianna miraculously pulled through, and had another open heart surgery completed when she was three. Gianna still struggles with her illness as the left side of her heart is completely non-functioning.
For her wish, Gianna wanted a treehouse with an attached zip line set up in her backyard. With some outstanding help from Dan Wright of Tree Top Builders, both Bridgewater Home Depots and Somerset Lumber, Gianna’s wish was granted and she couldn’t be happier. Every chance she gets, Gianna is outside in her treehouse ‘zipping’ along with her brother and sisters. According to her doctor, not only is the treehouse and zip line making her happier, they are also making Gianna healthier, which is quite a blessing. You see, when Gianna exerts herself playing in her treehouse, her oxygen levels rise – a very good thing for someone with Transposition of the Great Arteries!
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to grant Gianna’s wish: Bound Brook Moose Lodge 988; Somerset County FOP Lodge 89; American Legion Manville Post 304; Dan Wright and Tree Top Builders, Inc.; Somerville Lumber; Bridgewater Home Depot #947; Bridgewater Home Depot #962; Ziplinehomekits.com; Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center; Ruby Tuesday; 28BBQ and Dunkin’ Donuts.