Addie Dotson is five months old and she's fighting for her life. She was diagnosed with a very rare disease that only 200 people in the United States have.
"She's having a heart surgery because she has a hole in it," said cousin Ava Bordner. Addie is in the hospital because of a rare heart defect called Taussig Bing Syndrome. "They thought she had a heart murmur and then at the four month old check up, that's when they found out she had something more serious and it's very rare," said Ava's mother Misty Bordner.
Doctors have Addie on a feeding tube. They're working to get her weight up so she can have surgery. She might need to have surgery on her heart every five years, "When I first found out I was like whoa," said cousin Parker Bordner. Parker and Ava never met their little cousin but they feel their mom's pain. They think about the baby often and hope they get the chance to meet her.
Their mother says it's been very emotional. "I think that it's made me appreciate the health of my children and makes you realize how fortunate and blessed you are," Misty said.
She said this tragedy has brought friends and family together and now she's always looking for news on a Facebook Page dedicated to Addie's recovery. She said the family is looking for thoughts and prayers. "She's their first born and their only child. They could use all of the prayers possible," Misty added.