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Franklin County family helps patients with heart problems

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Tinlee gives Lindsey Ward a high-five. Tinlee gives Lindsey Ward a high-five.
Tinlee was born with three holes in her heart and underwent open heart surgery at just 8 months old. Tinlee was born with three holes in her heart and underwent open heart surgery at just 8 months old.
Tinlee Hudson and her family are giving back to other heart problem patients after getting so much from the community. Tinlee Hudson and her family are giving back to other heart problem patients after getting so much from the community.
Tinlee loves posing for pictures. Tinlee loves posing for pictures.
Rocky Mount (WSLS) - This past weekend's Diamond Dig fundraiser at Haywood Jewelers' Westlake location was a success, but it was one little heart defect survivor who really stole the show.

Two and a half year old Tinlee Hudson and her family are giving back to other heart problem patients after getting so much from the community.

Tinlee was born with three holes in her heart and underwent open heart surgery at just 8 months old.

The family never thought they would be fundraising and donating medical supplies locally and overseas.

“She has been a wonderful blessing to our family. She has brought so many people closer together, inspiration to everyone, a true blessing that we don't know what life would be like without her now,” explained Christy Hudson, Tinlee’s mom.

“Every time I've been around her or seen her, everybody in the room is just so taken with Tinlee and her spirit and she's just a blessing to be around,” Joanna Hudzik, owner of Haywood Jewelers and Diamond Dig organizer.

The Diamond Dig raised $10,000 for the American Heart Association.

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