Our family loves to plan trips to different places, both locally and internationally. We usually prepare by looking at reviews of the chosen destination, purchasing flights, reserving hotels or houses, purchasing snacks for the kids, and packing our suitcases before traveling to the vacation spot. However, nothing could have prepared us for Cardiac Valley. We found ourselves spending time in the Valley in 1992 and then twenty-five years later in 2017.
Jovel was born on March 4, 1992. He weighed nine pounds and appeared healthy. Within a few short weeks of birth, he was diagnosed with a rare cardiac disorder, and we were told that he would die by the age of three months if he did not have lifesaving cardiac surgery. This surgery was not available in Trinidad and Tobago, his country of birth. Our fundraising activities and monetary donations did not raise enough money to pay for the surgery. Due to financial constraints, we were not able to take Jovel to the Unites States of America to have this lifesaving surgery. He lived for nine months and eight days, and then he left to be with his Heavenly Father.
Jolie was born on March 28, 2015 and was a healthy, rambunctious child, who enjoyed playing outdoors and spending time with her cousins. In August 2017, she fainted for the first time in her short life. Cardiac testing revealed that she was having a cardiac dysrhythmia, and she needed immediate cardiac intervention to attempt to restore normal rhythm. Jolie had cardiac surgery in November 2017 to insert a pacemaker to control her abnormal heart rhythm.