According to the National Enquirer, Naleigh was born with a hole in her heart and had an operation soon after she was born to fix her heart defect.
A source tells the tabloid, "Doctors said the congenital heart defect had to be treated quickly to save the baby’s life."
If Katherine and Josh wanted to adopt a healthy child with no medical conditions, they were looking at a possible four year waiting list. While most celebrities
can skip ahead in line, there’s still a long waiting period involved.
Katherine told Ellen Degeneres earlier this month that they were keen on adoption a child from Korea because her sister was also adopted from the country.
Katherine said, “It’s been a big part of my life and my family. My sister is Korean and my parents adopted her back in the 70s and so I just always knew that this is something I wanted to do. I just wanted to make sure that I was marrying a guy who understands that this was going to have to happen. Not everybody is down with that, not everybody thinks that.”
Fortunately when celebrities like Katherine adopt a baby with special needs, it starts a trend. “We’ve seen a lot more interest in special needs babies,” says Nancy Dykstra-Powers, director of Bethany Christian Services, which she says is the largest adoption agency in the country.
“I used to have a really hard time placing babies with disabilities but there’s a real demand for them now.”
Love how doing good for others can look so glamorous!