Two Boys Get the Heart Surgery and Family They Urgently Need

“At this time last February, we were in the middle of racing to another son who desperately needed to come home,” recall Dana and Michael, Apollo’s parents. “Our little boy was critically ill with a very special and complex heart.”

Like their son Magnus, adopted from China in 2016, Apollo also needed heart surgery. And he needed most of all, a family who saw the strong, spirited boy behind the diagnoses and who understood the stakes he faced.

Recognizing how urgently these boys needed care, Dana and Michael welcomed each son home with the love they needed, held their hands between surgeries, and comforted them between apprehensions and tears.

Today, both boys have had successful heart surgeries, have braved difficult days and have made incredible strides.

Stay tuned for a feature story about Magnus and Apollo, and their family’s race to bring them home.

(left) Toddler smiling and running, red sneakers and

(Left) Magnus comes home to his family; (Right) Apollo comes home after most recent surgery.

WACAP staff and volunteers advocate for children like Magnus and Apollo, children born with congenital heart defects, helping to find their families and bring them home. If you are interested in learning more adoption, or about advocating for children waiting for families, contact us at


WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.
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1 Response to Two Boys Get the Heart Surgery and Family They Urgently Need

  1. Pingback: Two Special Hearts: A Brother’s Day Story | WACAP

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