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My name is Tonja, and our story is about determination, victory, defeating odds, second chances; all sprinkled with faith, HoPE, and miracles. This is the story about our daughter, Fiona Marcella Italiano.

At age 37, I lost my left Fallopian tube and ovary. I was told by my doctor that I would never be able to conceive a child, but at 44 years of age, my fiancée Anthony and I found out we were expecting. We were ecstatic! At my 20 week pregnancy check I was told by three doctors that Fiona had Down syndrome, a rare heart defect, and a rare brain abnormality called Holoprosencephaly. Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is normally not compatible of life. Based on the HPE diagnosis, Fiona had a 3% chance of survival and 1% chance to live past 6 months of age. Fiona has defied the odds and will be 8 on October 29th.

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September 13, 2021

I wish all the best for Fiona and her family. I follow your page for Fiona and it’s absolutely amazing the progress she has made. My heart is with all of you.

Heather &Tom Hall