3-year-old with rare heart condition gets celebration - FOX 35 News Orlando

3-year-old with rare heart condition gets celebration

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WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Inspired by San Francisco's huge Batkid Day, Central Florida's Winter Garden was inspired to have a Super Bella day.

Three-year-old Bella Brown earned a first-class sleigh ride through her hometown of Winter Garden, courtesy of the local fire and police departments and Santa.

And, she won the heart of her hometown.

Fox 35's Tracy Jacim and photojournalist Ray Cordero were at Fire

Station 24 in Winter Garden on Friday, where they found Bella wearing a cape with the letter "B" on it for Super Bella.   

It came from a nonprofit called TinySuperheroes that honors extraordinary children with illnesses.

Bella has a rare heart condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Failure.

She's already undergone open heart surgery three times to fix it.

Her mother Jeannette said, "You know, I say she's like a little ol' lady inside. She has all these stints in her arteries. They have to block off collateral veins. She's been through quite a bit."

She explains how doctors had to reconfigure Bella's heart to work with one ventricle, but her prognosis is good.

Jeanette said, "They're pretty positive in saying she should live a pretty good life, a pretty normal life."

Local resident Bill Vitanyi organized the day and said, "I feel like I won a million bucks.  It's better than winning the lottery. It just makes you feel good you can help somebody. You want to help everybody, just one at a time."

Locals were more than happy and ready to chip in, like Michael Scorscone who owns the Winter Garden Pizza Company. 

He and his staff threw Bella and the crowd a pizza party.

Scorscone said he was happy and honored to do it. 

"Big hearts, small town," he said.

Local businesses donated all sorts of gifts as well, including tickets to Cirque du Soleil.

As for Bella, Jeannette said the family's holiday has already been made.

"You know our wish has already come true. We're all together. She's not in the hospital. Because her very first Thanksgiving, we spent in the hospital."

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