My sweet Vincent fought Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) with every heart beat, but after 4 open heart surgeries in his short 10 weeks of life his heart couldn't take it anymore. I have the Heart of Gold figurine in my house as a reminder of his heart of gold and all his strength. I live every day going forward in his honor.
My son Isaac was born January of 2012. The day after he was born he had to have an echo cardiogram because of a heart murmur. They found a tiny hole between the two atria of his heart. This condition is called Tetrology of Fallot and can become serious later in life. They told us if he did not have heart surgery it would become very difficult for him to do activities by the time he was three and may even result in death. So, we chose to have the open heart surgery when he was only 5 months old. The earlier they can get it done the better. On the day of his surgery our surgeon gave us the figurine of a young boy holding a golden heart. I nearly burst into tears. I held onto it through his 9 hour procedure. It holds such a special meaning for our family. My son is now 15 months old and his surgery was a great success. He will have no limitations and can play like any other child. The figurine now serves as a constant reminder of how special our son is to us and his amazing story of life.
It's inpiring for Susan to hear how you feel about your Willow Tree piece. Your personal interpretation is so meaningful... thank you for taking the time to share it.