Meridian toddler has incredible story of survival

Meridian toddler has incredible story of survival
MERIDIAN - A tea party for 2-year-old Mia Englund and her older sister Lily is extra sweet.

More than a year ago, it was doubtful this could even happen.

"It's heartbreaking, but you just never think that it's going to be your own child," Mia's mother, Jenna Englund said.

While Jenna was pregnant at 20 weeks, Mia was diagnosed with Heterotaxy Syndrome.

Doctors said Mia would be born with many intestinal problems and multiple heart defects.

"Her heart is upside down, backwards, and reversed in her chest, which makes traditional heart surgery methods an impossibility for her," Jenna said.

For the Englund family, it meant Mia, as a tiny infant, would have three open heart surgeries on a bypass machine.

"Of the first year of her life, the first five months were spent in the hospital, medically sedated, on a ventilator," Jenna said.

But as Jenna and her husband Eric will tell you, thanks to medical advances and funding through the American Heart Association, their daughter is alive today.

"She's a true miracle because other than the first year of her life, we've been home from the hospital since 2011 and haven't had a single hospital visit since then," Jenna said.

Mia now has a Pacemaker, which means future surgeries.

But overall, she's meeting all of her doctor's benchmark health checks.