From the outside, Sophia Chiappalone looks like any happy and healthy five year old with a glowing smile across her face. However, Sophia has been in and out of the hospital her entire life since being born with the right half of her heart missing. Despite having a life expectancy of only two years, she has fought against her genetic heart defect and is undergoing her fourth open-heart surgery soon. Her mother Kristy has described Sophia as a “walking miracle”.
Before her operation, Sophia wanted one of her biggest wishes to come true- to “marry” her best friend Hunter in a dream wedding. With permission from Hunter’s family, Kristy set up a “wedding photo shoot” in Connecticut where Sophia is from. Kristy contacted photographer Marisa Balletti-Lavoie who was more than delighted to capture the big day. Sophia and Hunter dressed up in wedding attire and had so much fun playing around and posing for photos at a local park.
Hunter has supported Sophia throughout her illness and after their mock wedding, she is ready to continue her fight.
Kristy said, “It was pure innocence in the purest form. My heart aches with joy with the people standing behind Supergirl this fight”