Meet Liby Peterson
Liby Peterson has a lot of beads. Six hundred and ninety-eight, to be exact. She has red beads, purple beads, even glow-in-the-dark beads. But two beads – her handmade, glass-heart bead and a bead shaped like a house – stand out.
Liby, of Butler County, was born on Nov. 9 with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart.
Since then, she has received a blue bead for every appointment, a black one for every needle poke, glow-in-the-dark beads for each echocardiogram and a yellow bead for every overnight stay in the heart center of St. Louis Children’s Hospital.