CHICAGO (AP) — Delilah Edwards’ dad and mom didn’t plan an elaborate Thanksgiving celebration.
Simply spending the day collectively is a giant deal when your 3-year-old daughter has a brand new coronary heart.
“Earlier than her coloration was actually off. She was very pale…,” Delilah’s mom, Samantha Davidson, advised the Chicago Sun-Times. “Now she could be very pink. I’ve by no means seen her cheeks have this a lot coloration to them.”
Since March, Davidson and her husband Ryan Edwards have traveled each weekend from Moline, Illinois, to see their daughter at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Kids’s Hospital in Chicago.
Final month, Delilah, who was born with an underdeveloped left facet of her coronary heart, underwent 12 hours of transplant surgical procedure.
Now Delilah’s dad and mom have been staying on the Ronald McDonald Home downtown whereas they accompany their daughter for a number of checkups every week.
On Thursday they celebrated the vacation with 70 different households at Ronald McDonald Home, which gives free lodging for households of youngsters present process medical remedy.
After 9 coronary heart surgical procedures, a few of which didn’t work, medical doctors advised Delilah’s dad and mom a brand new coronary heart was her greatest hope.
Davidson mentioned the weekly sojourns — particularly the return journeys to Moline, which is about 166 miles (267 km) west of Chicago — have been troublesome, extra so for the dad and mom than the kid.
“She actually doesn’t know something however this. So that is her regular,” Davidson mentioned. “I feel it impacts us much more than it really impacts her.”
She mentioned Lurie’s nurses have been adept at soothing and distracting Delilah at departure time.
With a mean of 25 to 30 coronary heart transplants a 12 months, Lurie is likely one of the nation’s busier amenities, in keeping with Dr. Phil Thrush, medical director for Lurie’s pediatric coronary heart failure and transplantation program.
The primary six months following a transplant are probably the most essential, Thrush mentioned. If Delilah’s transplant works for greater than a 12 months, he mentioned, “I might anticipate her to have this coronary heart possible for greater than 20 years.”
Mentioned Davidson: “I’m simply completely satisfied to have the ability to spend time together with her.”