Rochester, N.Y. – It is with much sadness we report 17-month-old Grace Esposito, daughter of 13WHAM anchor Jennifer Johnson and her husband, Vinnie Esposito, died early Saturday morning after surgery Friday.
Grace was born with CDH or Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. CDH babies have a hole in their diaphragm, which is the muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest cavity.
Grace defied the odds from the day she was born, which earned her the nickname "Amazing" Grace. She inspired families whose children were born with CDH and made us all aware of the miracles that happen everyday at the Golisano Children's Hospital.
Jennifer and Vinnie request donations go to Golisano Children's Hospital via the link below, and they sent the following:
"We were fans of Golisano Children's Hospital and the tremendous staff before Grace's death and even more so now. Physically, she really wasn't equipped for this world which makes what they did to allow her to survive for 16 months all that ...more, well you know, "amazing". They gave us that precious time with her when we probably weren't supposed to have any of it. We want to honor them and thank them by helping them build a new hospital where they can work so hard on more miracles. We started this fundraising effort months ago and feel more passionate about it now than ever. If you've been touched by Grace, please donate to them in her name. Thank you. - Vinnie & Jennifer
Follow the link if you wish to donate.