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Adam Chamberlain is running for the ‘best doctors and nurses in the world’

We were rushed to Boston Children’s cardiac ICU where she had her first procedure upon minutes of arrival and open heart surgery six days later."

Adam Chamberlain is running with the Miles for Miracles fundraising team for Boston Children's Hospital. Adam Chamberlain

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Name: Adam Chamberlain
Age: 40
From: Attleboro

I will be running the 125th Boston Marathon as part of Boston Children’s Hospital fundraising team Miles for Miracles.

A miracle is exactly what we experienced at Boston Children’s in July of 2016. Within 36 hours after birth, our daughter Emma was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect which would require open heart surgery to repair.

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We were rushed to Boston Children’s cardiac ICU where she had her first procedure upon minutes of arrival and open heart surgery six days later. Everything happened like clockwork and after a week in recovery we were sent home!

Those two weeks were a whirlwind as we balanced bonding with our baby, learning about her condition, understanding the surgery that would repair it, being surrounded by friends and family who flew to Boston from every corner of the country and having the medical care of the best doctors and nurses in the world.

From the minute we arrived at Boston Children’s the medical team that cared for Emma gave us all the confidence in the world that Emma’s surgery would be a success and she would live a long healthy life.

Although she had a rough start to life, Emma has thrived. She loves playing with her big sister Caitlyn, swinging on the swings, singing songs from “The Greatest Showman,” coloring, and just like her Daddy, she loves to run!

She has had a wonderful year at Jack and Jill Preschool in Attleboro and is registered to start kindergarten in the fall. She is excited to ride the bus with her big sister.

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We are forever grateful for everything Boston Children’s Hospital has done and continues to do for our family. Emma has a checkup once a year and we make it a day to remember and celebrate all they have done for us.

Editor’s note: This entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.

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