She's fine thanks to surgery when she was
10 weeks old, but the STALLONES think more people, particularly
new parents, need to be more aware of the ailment. "At first," says FLAVIN, 31, "you
think your baby's a little fussy or maybe has colic. Sophia wouldn't lie down; she
would vomit constantly.
She wasn't gaining weight.
But you never think that your child has a hole in it's heart."
After Sophia's condition was diagnosed, FLAVIN
researched the problem and held fundraisers for the Heart of
a Child Foundation, which supports heart-defect research.
Sophia, fully recovered is "the most energetic
child I've ever seen, a whirling dervish," says STALLONE.
She is going to be fine,
but says SLY, "a lot of people don't know about congenital
heart disease. We have
to bang the drum loudly; and hopefully people will rally to the
cause. We want to raise