But the story of Emma’s life is anything but ordinary. She was born with half a heart. In her young life she’s already had five open heart surgeries.
“All of the surgeries that she will have she has likely already had. And the next thing would be a heart transplant somewhere down the line if that’s available at that time.”
Patti and John Watson are Emma’s adoptive parents. They travelled to Rome with her to see her live out her special wish of meeting the pope.
“She just looked at him in a way that I’ve never seen her look before. She was without words for the first time.”
“I didn’t think we were gonna be that close.”
But Emma wouldn’t have grown up with the love and care of the Watsons if it wasn’t for the last minute courage of her birth mother.
“Her birth mother had wanted to have an abortion and decided to back out of that and decided to give her life. And now she’s with our family, husband, a huge blessing to our family.”
The Watsons leave Rome with a very special moment, one they call “breathtaking” and that gave them a “sense of awe.”
Emma’s mom says her condition will continue to require special attention. But it’s evident that she already has two of the most important things a 7-year-old could ask for: love of a family and the gift of life.