Us reports that Katherine Heigl‘s newly adopted daughter was born with a hole in her heart. This could be why Naleigh, 10 months, was classified as a child with special needs.
Baby Naleigh underwent surgery to correct the birth defect at the tender age of two months.
Reports state the Katherine and hubby Josh Kelley underwent the adoption process months ago – which included a 40-page questionnaire on everything from personal backgrounds to parenting philosophies – in order to bring Naleigh home as quickly as possible.
A source close to the couple said they were willing to wait as long as it took to adopt baby Naleigh: “Katie and Josh were aware it could take years, so they were being patient.” The source added, “They are thrilled to have a child in their lives, no matter what the challenges.”