We have called Doernbecher our home not once, but twice over the last few years with not one, but two children.
When we adopted our second daughter, Shelby, she came home to us with multiple congenital heart and lung defects. She was eight years old, and expected to live only four more years. Dr. Stephen Langley, Dr. Laurie Armsby and the rest of the cardiology team at Doernbecher changed the outcome of her story.
In June 2009, Shelby came home from the last of five heart surgeries and seven cardiac catheterizations. She’s now twelve years old, happy and healthy. Last October, as part of the Doernbecher Freestyle program, in which kids get to design shoes that are sold to support the hospital, she unveiled her limited edition Nike running shoe.
When our third daughter, Lily, joined our family, she, too, had congenital heart and lung problems. In September, we returned to the familiar halls of Doernbecher to begin her healing process. After a 17-hour surgery, a complicated pacemaker placement, a cardiac catheterization and nearly six weeks in the hospital, she is home again with us and her four siblings: Shelby, Jake, Nick and Anna.
Thanks to Doernbecher, we were all together to celebrate the holidays for the first time as a family. We love how our kids are always Doernbecher’s top priority and are so thankful.