Update on Izabella, heart transplant recipient.
“At just 18 months old, she received her heart transplant and it was very scary to go through as her mom. Like me, she had Cardiomyopathy. I’ve learned to deal with her heart journey and I take it one day at a time. My daughter was very ill and we didn’t know if she was going to make it. Thankfully, I had the support of my family and friends and they attended doctors appointments and different tests for Izabella with me so I wouldn’t need to go through it alone!
A few years ago, at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, we attended a Heart Party with Harboring Hearts. We learned that there were so many other families like ours. Together, we danced, we shared a meal and we bonded. It reminds us that we are not alone when we are able to go to these Heart Parties. What a journey it has been, one I am grateful not to be on alone!”
Recently, Izabella celebrated her 6th birthday! She continues to get stronger and is doing well. She enjoys playing with her computer and had a fantastic year in Kindergarten last year.