The Little Brown Eyed Girl
With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Whispering Pines, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local girl, Evie Wentz.
Evie is the 9 year old daughter of Tyler and Heather Wentz. Evie was diagnosed with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) which has resulted in End Stage Kidney Failure with additional complications. The doctors at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant. An estimated $45,000 is being raised by area volunteers.
Evie authored this for a writing contest -- her story in 300 words!
Overcoming Kidney Failure:
I got sick: it started with a high fever, then diarrhea and vomiting. Early one Sunday morning, I had a seizure on our couch. My parents were scared—they called 911 and I rode an ambulance to the local hospital. After a few quick tests, the doctors called in a life-flight helicopter and I flew to a children's hospital.
I was unconscious for almost a whole day. It turns out my kidneys had stopped working, and I was bleeding lots into my stomach. I had other problems too – my heart quit working right and my lung collapsed so I didn’t breathe good. On top of all that, I had something called pancreatitis, so they wouldn’t let me eat for over a month!
I moved in and out of the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) many times as I got better and then worse. I was in PICU for 6 weeks including Christmas so my sisters couldn’t visit. I was stuck in bed for more than two months and had to learn how to walk again.
In hard times I felt mad and sad, but sometimes I felt happy. After almost 3 months filled with lots of x-rays, countless tests, several surgeries, and more than 30 blood transfusions I finally escaped the hospital altogether!
My parents and I were trained to do dialysis at home—there is lots you need to know! When I got home it was like a family reunion. It was great playing with my sisters and friends again!
Eventually, I got to go back to school too; it felt like I never left. In the summer I made lots of memories at my Victory Junction summer camp. Best of all I am ALIVE and I’m getting healthy enough to have a kidney transplant. YES!!!!
We thank you for donating to COTA in honor of Evie! When you donate don't forget to stop by and sign the Guestbook.
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