Perfectly imperfect

A miraculous heart procedure opens a new world for a teenager and her family

Written by: John Kriescher

Eve and John Franklin knew something was wrong with Abigail’s heart before she was born. An ultrasound revealed it was struggling to keep pace with her growing body.

“The doctors told us to prepare for the worst,” Eve says.

Continuous monitoring and countless tests grew into a cloud of anxiety that lingered long after Abigail’s birth at 38 weeks. Upon delivery, doctors whisked her to the newborn intensive care unit to receive a pacemaker to regulate her heart’s rhythm. Read more.