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Doctors told Kern that the baby growing inside her would be born with a life-threatening heart defect, a rare condition called hypoplastic right heart — or, as Kern describes it, "half a heart. Few people who meet Kern's daughter Isabella "Bella" Georgiano today would have any idea the year-old girl functions with just half her heart. The strawberry blond sixth-grader at Jackson's McAuliffe Middle School practiced with her cheerleading squad on a recent Wednesday evening before ing her teammates for ice cream.

She ran outside with the red-shirted girls after the practice with exuberance that belied her condition.

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Helping hands: Ocean Twp. One hint of Bella's complex medical condition is her soft, hoarse voice. She has a paralyzed vocal cord as a result of one of her surgeries, Kern said. Privately, Bella's life is more complicated.

She takes daily medication for her hearth rhythm and to prevent blood clots, and has asthma inhalers because her condition has impacted her lungs. On a cheerleading trip to Florida, she did not want her classmates to see her on the plane with oxygen, her mother said.

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Yet, in so many respects, Bella remains very much the typical year-old. She has friends and a social life that revolves around sports. Underneath Bella's seeming normalcy, her condition is serious. She had a stroke as an infant and stopped breathing when she was just 3 months old, her mother said. She developed a life-threatening pleural effusion, or buildup of fluid in the chest cavity, after one heart surgery became infected, Kern said.

Just last year, Bella missed nearly days of school. When she catches a cold, it can last weeks, her mother said. A problem with the girl's heart valves caused a distortion in blood flow in her growing heart and, as a result, the right ventricle never fully formed.

To save Bella's life, surgeons have rerouted the veins in her body through several procedures. In a typical body, these veins bring blood back to the heart's right ventricle before blood is pumped to the lungs.

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In Bella's case, surgeons rerouted her veins to take blood straight to her lungs, and from there to her heart's left ventricle, which pumps the blood to the rest of Bella's body, Castro said. The surgeries for these serious congenital heart defects are so new that children who were born just a decade before Bella often did not survive, Castro said.

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Now, children born with these complex conditions are surviving into their middle teens and 20s, she said. This is the first time that kids are really going to make it. There are still major obstacles. Such congenital heart defects can happen alongside major organ and system failures.

Doctors are still studying why, she said. Bella is part of a Single Ventricle Survivorship Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a program that is carefully monitoring the organs of Bella and other children and young adults like her.

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According to the hospital, they are still at risk for serious health conditions, like strokes, liver abnormalities, bronchitis, and other conditions. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel recently brought national attention to congenital heart defects with a tearful monologue on his late night talk show about his infant son's heart surgery.

Related: Middletown man makes the most of his 2nd heart. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defects, affecting one out of newborns, or more than 35, babies born each year in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Bella's condition is more rare; about 3, babies are born each year with complex single ventricle heart defects, according to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. To help researchers, Kern is active in the Big Hearts to Little Hearts foundation, a Spring Lake-based organization that raises money for congenital heart defect research. The group also purchases automated external defibrillators for local schools; the devices give an electronic shock intended to restore normal heart beats during sudden cardiac arrest.

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Isabella "Bella" Georgiano of Jackson was born with half a working heart, or a condition called hypoplastic right heart. Despite the health complications and surgeries she has undergone, she has found ways play sports and go to school.

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