LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Gracie Phillips was brought into the world on May 16, 2013.
"She just had an angelic look about her," said Gracie's stepgrandmother, Jane Phillips.
But just a few hours after her birth, Phillips said they knew something wasn't right.
"They had heard a heart murmur and they did an ultra sound and then they decided that she needed to see a cardiologist," said Phillips.
Gracie was diagnosed with having an interrupted aorta, which is when the aorta doesn't form properly.
It's a rare condition, only making up one percent of all heart defects. At only seven days old, Gracie had her first open heart surgery at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital.
"She came home and just got stronger and stronger," said Phillips.
On Thursday, Gracie went back to the hospital for her second surgery, set to last about three hours. When that time came, the family received news nobody wants to hear.
"The doctor came and got us and told us that there had been some complications and that when they got ready to take the pictures, she went in to cardiac arrest," said Phillips.
Due to the the lack of oxygen to her brain, Phillips said Gracie had severe brain damage. Just four days after her surgery, Phillips said Gracie was gone.
"She just didn't wake up," said Phillips.
That same day, a relative started a website to collect money for Gracie's medical bills. In just 24 hours, the community raised more than $1,600.
"It just touches your heart that people care that much and want to give and want to help," said Phillips.
Phillips said they're hoping to raise $5,000.
She said if they surpass that goal, they're going to give the extra right back to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, in honor of Gracie.
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