Daria, our beautiful 8-year-old, is up and walking … and smiling! She is recovering well after her recent heart surgery at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital and we have high hopes for a full, speedy recovery.

 Happy New Year! From our FCI family to yours….
The end of a long day…. a long journey, the beginning of a new year…with a new heart and the promised gift of good health…for a little girl who has suffered too much, a family who has …bravely endured too much.
Daria surrounded by her angels, in ICU, at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, recovering…she breathes comfortably as we hold our breath for her full recovery.
Thank you seems so inadequate to express our appreciation to all the people who made this new day possible. We will never forget your kindness.


Daria came through her open heart surgery successfully and has since returned home where she was greeted by her grateful father and grandparents with tears of joy.

Before leaving the United States, she celebrated her third birthday with her FCI family and friends.  It was a birthday that her mother was told little Daria would never see.