My daughter Kendra was a normal, happy, and seemingly healthy 4 year old at the start of the summer of 2009. However, over the Fourth of July weekend she became sick and was taken to her family doctor who suggested she be seen at the emergency room at Akron Children’s Hospital. The ER team immediately knew that something was seriously wrong. An x-ray revealed that her heart was taking up two thirds of her chest cavity and it was unable to supply enough blood to the organs of her body.
The team arranged to have Kendra life-flighted to Cleveland Clinic and prepared the family for the worst case scenario during the flight. By Gods grace, Kendra survived the flight. Doctors determined that Kendra had Cardiomyopathy, a serious heart disease that causes the heart muscles to become inflamed and not work properly. Because Kendra’s heart was failing and her other organs were shutting down, it was determined that she needed a heart transplant. She was placed on the top of the transplant list immediately. Three days later a donor heart was found and successfully transplanted into Kendra.
Kendra took many weeks to recover and is doing well now. She is 6 years old now and Kindergarten.