Family raises money for child's heart surgery

Posted at 11:00 AM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 13:04:12-05

A Valley couple is doing whatever it takes to save their little girl’s life.

When you see Emma playing with her parents, you might not realize she is dealing with real life issues.

“Anyone when they’re looking at her, they don’t know how sick she really is,” said Jessica Wood, Emma’s mother.

At 2 months old, a hole was discovered in her tiny heart and recently a second hole was found.

"That’s when we kind of had the bomb dropped on us that she would in fact need open heart surgery,” said Wood.

Afraid of losing their little girl, the family discovered no Valley hospital would take their insurance.

"We did not have a surgeon with our insurance here at a local children’s hospital,” said Wood

They started selling belongings and trying to refinance their house, desperate for a solution.

Then, they discovered Boston Children’s Hospital would take Emma’s case, if the family could get there.

“My husband works two jobs. I work full time. We have our own private insurance. We’re doing the best that we can, and it still wasn’t enough,” said Wood.

Friends started a GoFundMe account that has raised thousands of dollars, and Emma had a successful surgery.

But the bills are now starting to roll in.

“We’re just so grateful for every penny that we get,” said Wood.

If you would like to donate, go here.