A little Icelandic girl, Matthildur Haraldsdóttur, was born on Dec. 7th at the Landeskrankenhaus in Salzburg. Her parents are Harpa Thorvaldsdóttir and Haraldur Gudmundsson. Harpa is a voice student at the Mozarteum. Haraldur is a contrabass player and painter. The couple also have a daughter, Halldóra Björg, who just turned 6.
[PICTURE]Shortly after Matthildur’s birth, the doctors discovered that she has a complex and very rare heart defect. At this moment nothing is known about the effects of this serious illness on her life later on but it is clear that this young family will have to face huge difficulties in the next years.

On Thursday Dec. 10th, Matthildur was taken to Munich by helicopter. There she underwent an operation that lasted 6 hours. The doctors did not give much hope during the first days of her life, but the little one has fought hard for her life.

After a second major operation in April, 2010, followed by another 8 weeks in the hospital, Matthildur is finally home and growing stronger. The doctors keep repeating that it is a miracle that she has survived and is, in fact, thriving. She will need to undergo a third operation, probably next year. Everything depends on how she develops and how her heart keeps up with her growing. It is still too early to tell how this will affect her life in the future. What is clear is that this will continue to be a struggle for the family; Matthildur will need constant care and the emotional/psychological aspect should not be underestimated. It is a huge stress for the whole family but also an amazing joy to see this little girl grow and smile.
An account hast been opened in Bank Austria Creditanstalt in order to assist the family in their troubles. It is our sincere hope that many people will want to help by making a contribution, of any amount, to this account. Let´s remember that together we can move mountains.A big thank you in advance!

Bank Information:
Bank Austria Creditanstalt
Bank Code: 12000
Bank Account: 51534 534 345
Iban: AT03 12000 0515 3453 4345