KEVIN HORAN—AURORA FOR USN&WR
Makenna talks to her grandfather, who won‘t arrive until later, before her heart surgery. She was born at a hospital in the Houston suburbs, where the Frankses live. Her pediatrician detected a murmur, and a test revealed her malformed heart. The Kangaroo Crew, an ambulance equipped as a neonatal ICU, was dispatched the day after she was born to transport Makenna to Texas Children‘s. On Day 5 of her life, she had her first of three planned heart procedures, the first two to keep her alive until she was robust enough for the final one. Six months after having her first surgery, she had her second one. Now it‘s time for the third.