Since before Sasha Van Kirk was born, her parents called her “Mighty Girl” for the strength of her kicks in the womb. Even so, she was not growing as she should and arrived about eight weeks early in July, weighing just over 2 pounds.
Then, when she was two weeks old, Sasha became one of the tiniest babies in the world believed to have successfully undergone a procedure to open a severely narrowed heart valve.
“She’s a mighty little girl,” mom Heidi Van Kirk, 36, said in an interview Friday. “Ever since I could feel her, she’s been moving and kicking and kicking to the point it hurt me. Since she’s been out, she’s just been moving and kicking and fighting for everything.”
Sasha, a nickname for Alexandra, underwent the heart procedure July 23 at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she remains in the neonatal intensive care unit. She is gaining weight and breathing on her own, though she is receiving oxygen, and expected to have a normal life, her mother said.
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