Sweet Svea-Jade

“Our sweet Svea-Jade was diagnosed with moderate to large heart murmur at just 3 weeks old,” Angel Finley wrote. “She was immediately put on heart failure medication.” The murmur is caused by a hole in the wall separating the two lower chambers of the heart (tinyurl.com/VSDinfo).

“After 20 months of monitoring her growth and the size of the murmur,” Angel continued, “it has become time for her to have open heart surgery on Feb. 9, as the murmur hasn’t produced any progress towards healing, and her growth has plateaued.” Svea-Jade is pictured as a baby with Angel and her husband, Evan, and in a more recent photo.

“We are unable to stay at the Ronald McDonald House due to availability and with the short notice,” Angel explained. “We are asking for help, as we are having to get a week-long stay at the nearby University Place Hotel … (and) pay for our food and any follow-up visits in the weeks after.”

“We just make it, and just can’t afford the extras,” Angel told the Ear. The Finleys are on a fixed income, and Evan is vision-impaired disabled, and is only allowed to work a certain number of hours per month. Svea-Jade’s insurance covers her surgery and hospital stay, but not much else. There is a GoFundMe page to help with the additional expenses, and you can donate at tinyurl.com/sveajade. Even if you’re unable to help, please share the page.

In case you’re wondering how the baby got her unusual name, “she is named after my great-great-grandmother, Svea, and Jade Morgan, who passed in a car wreck two years ago,” Angel wrote. “I was her nanny when she was young, and had been with her that morning before she passed. I found out the very next day I was pregnant with our sweet princess, and Jade has been watching out for her since.”

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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