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Ronald McDonald House helps 5-year-old girl with heart condition have a merry Christmas

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By Marianne Lyles and Fanchon Stinger

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 25, 2014)-- Christmas cheer for a local family was put to the test this year, but they got some help to keep the holidays bright.

Kim and Joel Gegner recently adopted 5-year-old Selah from China. They knew Selah had a  severe heart condition that needed attention.

Just before Christmas, Selah had heart surgery and is still recovering.

But Christmas wasn’t disrupted for the family, thanks to the Ronald McDonald House.

"It’s just so humbling to be on this receiving end you know," said Joel Gegner. "We’re just so grateful for that."

The Gegners picked out gifts as part of "Santa’s workshop" at the Ronald McDonald House.

"We come here and they’re like 'pick,' and we’re like 'amazing,'" said Kim Gegner.

For the Gegner children, being together, healthy and happy is still their number one wish.

Hopefully, Selah will be going home soon.