Meet Andrew and his family. Andrew is his twin brother’s guardian angel. You see, he wanted to meet his other half face-to-face before protecting him from up above.
On June 26, Austin was born first, and Andrew followed behind him three minutes later. Their parents learned on their birthday that Andrew had TAPVR (total anomalous pulmonary venous return), a rare heart defect in which a child’s pulmonary veins don’t connect normally to the left atrium. At less than 24 hours old, Andrew had open heart surgery and the problem was fixed. But two weeks later the family learned he also had to fight a lung disease; all known treatment methods failed in treating this congenital condition. The lymph vessels around his lungs generated so much lymph fluid that the fluid (if not medically removed/drawn off of the cavity around his lungs) would cause him to not survive. They hoped that the condition would ultimately heal itself.
His mother shared, “In the short time we have known Andrew, he has proven himself to be strong with every person who interacts with him. It is amazing what a young little baby (at 7 weeks old) can teach you.”
The Tiny Sparrow Foundation photo shoot was on a warm and sunny day in the middle of August, the same day Andrew earned his angel wings.
Fifty days is how long his sweet face graced our Earth. Now he will live on in our hearts forever and ever and ever.
“Children often have imaginary playmates. I suspect that half of them are really their guardian angels.” –Eileen Freeman
A very special thank you to Teddy Rusnak of http://www.teddyrusnakphotography.com for donating her time and talent to Tiny Sparrow Foundation and Andrew’s brave family.