"Three years ago, I struggled to go about my normal day while my son fought for his life more than 7,000 miles away. An orphan, Bao had already survived one open heart surgery alone and doctors said he would soon need a second surgery to help repair his heart defect. Despite the challenges we knew we faced, my husband and I were determined to adopt him and give him the loving family he deserved.
We brought Bao home from China in 2013, and these last couple of years have been a roller coaster filled with endless paperwork, lots of hugs, and many promises of sweet treats in exchange for being good at the doctor. Our first son, Dezo, also has a heart condition, so our family has become a lean, mean, hospital machine.
Throughout it all, Make-A-Wish Connecticut has been the light at the end of the tunnel. The promise of a wish was a reward for all of us, a chance to get out of our routine and remember what we’re fighting for. In April, I watched as Bao splashed through the turquoise waters of Turks and Caicos, decorated cupcakes with his new friend, Chef Brad, and devoured the resort’s endless cotton candy. The trip was Bao’s wish-come-true, but I couldn’t help thinking that my wish had been granted too. I had two happy, loved boys and special family memories without a single syringe, fluorescent light, or doctor in sight." - Taryn, Bao's mom