The mother of a toddler who was born with a congenital heart condition will spend her birthday at the park.
Nora DeSoto’s birthday is on Saturday, April 8, the same day as a local family gathering.
DeSota, who was diagnosed with congenital microcephaly, will be in the same park with her parents, grandparents and aunts, cousins and uncles.
DeSoto, who lives in the northern New Mexico city of Pueblo, has a congenitally-deformed heart and cannot breathe without help.
She was born premature at 4 months of age and had to have a heart transplant.
She had her left leg amputated.
Her father, Daniel, is a retired engineer and is working on his own business.
He said the family has been able to spend more time with Nora and her sisters.
De Soto said the event was an opportunity to show her gratitude for her mother’s kindness.
“I’m grateful for the support she’s given us.
I’m thankful for her kindness,” De Soto told CNN affiliate KOB-TV.
She said she wants to be a role model for other children with congenitales.
“It was an awesome day, but I’m still in shock,” DeSotas said.
The couple’s mother, Angela Pecar, also has a condition and says she would not have been able “to have this conversation” without her daughter.
De Vosos said they would like to raise money for the family to help cover medical bills and other expenses.
They are also planning to send out cards and stickers.
De Santas said she is excited to see her grandchildren.
“If you can’t get to the playground, we can play at home,” she said.
“I’m happy for them to see my family.
They can see what a big sister they have.”