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2022 TriCounty Heart Walk
WHY WE WALK!
Our Little Supergirl - Aria Isabella Wharry
Aria Isabella Wharry came into this world on June 2, 2015. She was a beautiful 7 pound 8 ounce baby girl. Unbeknown to us the parents, medical team, and others, Aria had a serious medical condition that required immediate intervention. Just hours after she was born a heart murmur had been detected and all hopes had been this would be a benign murmur, but once the echocardiogram was read by the cardiologist our world changed forever. Aria was diagnosed with a complex Congenital Heart Defect categorized in terms of Shone’s Complex meaning there were multiple heart defects and obstructions. This condition is life-threatening and required being transferred into the ICU. In the hours following we would soon find ourselves at Akron Children’s Main Campus discussing if Aria would be a surgical candidate and if so what type of surgery. In the coming days it was decided she would require Open Heart Surgery in three phases at the intervals of 1 week, 6 months, and tentatively 5 years old. She was diagnosed with a Hypoplastic Left Heart which would require the rerouting and plumbing of major arteries in order to sustain an optimal quality of life. Each surgery was a battle of its own. The 1st surgery entailed many bumps in the road, 2 months in the hospital, and times we were not sure if we'd bring Aria Home. Her second surgery was also a huge hurdle to overcome, but our little Supergirl persevered. So many times when hope was practically lost she endured, she was a fighter from day one. Each day over the 2 weeks she was admitted following her second procedure is hard to put into words, but is nothing less than a miracle that she got to come home. Aria went on to excel over the coming months and year. She was practically off all of her medications, eating by mouth, graduated from Physical Therapy and truly propelled in the right direction. She was a mommy’s girl and spent every moment of her precious life by her side. Her mom could not even go to the kitchen without Aria pleasantly standing by the baby gate watching her every single move. She enjoyed the finer things in life such as tormenting her older sister Mila and loving on her at the same time. They had an amazing bond and were inseparable as well. She lived the life of a princess and supergirl all in one. She went to the beach, zoo, amusement park, and many other adventures in her 18 months. Other than a few small barriers, she lived just like any other child and she truly loved life. Her little attitude, eye brow tricks, night time games she would play, and spunkiness were all one of a kind. Aria was one of a kind. All seemed wonderful and perfect especially considering what are baby girl had battled through. Unfortunately, on December 6, 2016 she was suddenly taken away from us. As there are a million questions, there are not a million answers. She was our little Supergirl and now our little Angel that both my wife and I would give anything to get back. Through the most difficult times we've been fortunate to have friends, family, coworkers, and a community that has supported us. Their love and compassion has inspired us, much like Aria has inspired so many. Her memory is all we have left and that is why events like this mean so much to us because commemorating our SUPERGIRL means the world to us.