Wish Granted: Young heart transplant survivor becomes ballerina - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Wish Granted: Young heart transplant survivor becomes ballerina

At age 4, Hope got a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. (Source: Family) At age 4, Hope got a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. (Source: Family)
Still recovering at age 6, Hope's wish to become a ballerina was granted by thoughtful strangers. (Source: WOIO) Still recovering at age 6, Hope's wish to become a ballerina was granted by thoughtful strangers. (Source: WOIO)
SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

A dream to dance turns into a wish come true for a little girl born with a damaged heart. Now she's becoming a ballerina, thanks to the help of strangers.

"'Cause I need to get a new heart," explained Hope.  

Six-year-old Hope Wodzisz has been through a lot. She was born with half of a heart with no left ventricle. 

Two years ago she got a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. Now she's on the road to recovery.

"Going from not being able to walk, being in a walker, in a wheelchair, going through intensive inpatient rehab, to ballet, ballet. Who would have ever imagined," said mother Paula Wodzisz.

On Friday, Hope got her wish to become a ballerina and be on stage performing with other dancers. A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter, along with Verb Ballet Studio in Shaker Heights, made that happen.

"'Cause I'm gonna do ballerina stuff," said Hope. 

Hope has a small role in the company's upcoming "Peter Pan" performance. Her 12-year-old partner, Jack Springer, couldn't be more thrilled.
 
"It's just a big honor, like, to be chosen to help her 'cause she's, like, really amazing and she's gone through a lot. She's very active. She has such a great spirit," explained Jack.

It was a simple wish for a little girl with a big heart, who has one word to describe what it's like to share her love of dance with others: "Happy."

You can catch Hope's performance March 5 at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts.

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