doctors’ reassurances, Angelica Hale’s parents – James and Eva – knew something
was wrong. Their normally vivacious 4-year-old girl was in pain and knew
something was wrong. During a visit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in
2012, they found out that her condition was more serious than they could have
told the Hales that their daughter had pneumonia. After three weeks of
treatment (including ECMO life-support), two hospitals and one helicopter
transport, Angelica was stabilized. Her organs had healed enough to perform
surgery to repair her lung, which had lost nearly half of its function.
However, the infection was so severe that the 5-year-old’s lung had begun to
bleed into her abdomen and she had also developed sepsis, a serious blood
infection that devastated her kidneys.
the summer of 2013, Angelica regained her strength from her initial surgery
only to return for a kidney transplant. While testing to see who could be a
potential kidney donor for Angelica, doctors discovered that her mother was
a near-perfect match. In September 2013, Angelica received her mom’s kidney.
Now a charismatic, joyful 9-year-old, Angelica is happy to share her courageous
story with the world.
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