See photos of young Sierra as she faces terrifying heart disease, as featured in the Dateline report Against All Odds from Wednesday, June 5th, at 8pm/7c.
July 2006, Sierra's family by her side in Boise, Idaho.
6-year-old Sierra leaving the intensive care unit in Boise, Idaho to be flown to California for treatment.
Sierra was Life Flighted to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital on the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, California.
July 2006 Sierra in her Easter dress while waiting for a heart.
Sister Megan celebrated her 5th birthday at the hospital. It was the worst day for Sierra, says her father, Jason.
Sierra's condition was dire. She was put on a ventilator. Her parents called as many people as they could and asked for prayers.
At 1:30 in the morning, the family got the call of a lifetime: a donor heart had been found. Sierra post-op.
After surgery, Sierra suffered a collapsed lung. She receives a visit from her two younger sisters, Megan and Lindsey Lou.
Sierra was soon able to sit up. Her donor heart had belonged to a 2-year-old boy.
Recovering from her heart transplant.
A brave smile while recovering from surgery.
Sierra smiling post-op. There would be months of recovery ahead.
Relieved dad, Jason, with his three daughters at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Unfortunately, he would soon be back with Lindsey Lou.