Katie was just 84 days old when she arrived at Children's Hospital, Colorado. Tiny, frail Katie has spent most of her young life in the children's intensive care unit. Like many of the cardiac patients at Children's Hospital, Katie has complicated heart abnormalities requiring several surgeries.
Katie and her family have traveled to Children's Hospital, Colorado from out of state to receive the specialized care she needs to survive her congenital medical condition. While Katie receives lifesaving attention, her parents have found temporary employment in the Denver area to offset large expenses arising from being here with their daughter. Their temporary jobs barely provide enough income to cover their living expenses. Meanwhile, back home, Katie's older sister is attending school and staying with relatives.
As if they didn't already have enough to worry about, Katie's parent's vehicle recently broke down. Desperate, they turned to the social worker team member assigned to them at Children's hospital for help.
Happily, they were informed that a special fund, "Jessie's Heart", was available and willing to assist. Money from the charity was requested and authorized for the necessary auto repairs.
Upon hearing this news, both parents expressed relief with tears of gratitude. The hospital family social worker expressed her own sense of gratitude to the donors of Jessie's Heart – "It's a special moment to watch patient's families' emotions turn from dark despair to rays of hope."
Thanks to Jessie's Heart, families like Katie's can breathe a little easier knowing that someone cares enough to help during times when help is needed most.
Disclaimer: Names and photo have been changed to protect the personal identity of patients and their families.