I’m pretty emotional right now, mostly in a good way. A grade school friend of mine has a daughter who was born a few years ago with a congenital heart defect and who has spent the last 185 days in the hospital, and almost as many days at the top of the heart transplant list.
Today, Bethany and her family found out that Layne would be receiving a heart this evening. After so many near-death experiences and almost 5 months of living in a hospital, this beautiful little fighter is receiving the gift that she needs to live. I spontaneously burst into tears when I found out, because Bethany and her family have been so strong and resilient in the face of some many obstacles. Pretty much every time I go to TeamLayne’s Facebook page for an update, i become watery-eyed and have to fight to hold back the tears.
Of course, there is some sadness, too. For Layne to receive this amazing gift, another family had to lose a child, a cherished member of their family. It’s hard to reconcile being so happy for Layne to have another chance at life, knowing that such a sacrifice had to be made. I only hope that the donor family is able to feel the love and gratitude that Bethany and her family have, and that they know that their child made such an amazing impact for people they’ve never even met.
Layne went into surgery about 20 minutes ago. If you’ve read this far, and you’re the type to do this, please send whatever thoughts, prayers, good energy, or positive juju you’re willing to send, that Layne’s surgery and recovery is successful. When you do this, please also take a moment to send the same to the donor family in their own time of need.