Marisol: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week
Marisol, the sweet little girl who fought so bravely for her life this summer, once again needs your help. Since her post-surgery return to our Heartbridge Pediatric Healing Unit in late September, Marisol has battled through five different respiratory infections, and last week she was admitted to the hospital with a severe case of pneumonia. We are very happy to report that Marisol has been discharged back to Heartbridge, but her week-long stay left us with a medical bill of more than $9,000.
Marisol first came to us in May of 2010. Only four months old at the time, Marisol had already been hospitalized once with pneumonia, and doctors felt she would not survive the heart catheterization needed to accurately diagnose her heart defect. She was so terribly fragile, but we prayed that if we could give this beautiful girl the time and care and love needed to grow stronger, we might be able to save her life. So Marisol was sent to Heartbridge where we hoped that several months of nurturing care would make her strong enough for surgery. Unfortunately our hopes were dashed when Marisol went into respiratory distress just a few weeks later. We realized that Marisol didn’t have several months, and we moved her to Shanghai immediately for her heart cath and a difficult surgery.
You may remember hearing the story of how Marisol could not be weaned from the ventilator for over two months, but she somehow fought her way back and earned the nickname of Mighty Marisol. While Marisol has shown her sheer determination to live, over and over, it is obvious that she still needs every bit of help we can give her in order to survive and thrive. If you are able, please help us to continue fighting for Marisol. This is a child who has captured so many hearts with her sweet and gentle personality, and she is truly a blessing to this world.
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