Every now and then the sun shines on even the darkest of days.
That’s how we were beginning to feel as the Thanksgiving weekend came and went with no heart for Zoe. Our family and the doctor had gone out of town and returned back to us with no news.
But at 7:30PM last night that all changed.
A potential heart had been found. We waited on pins and needles until the official word came that this was THE HEART. Low and behold, three hours later I was on my way out the door to the hospital because this indeed was the Heart that the Doctors, nurses, family, friends, and especially Zoe had been waiting for.
Though I couldn’t stay for the entire surgery, my sister saw the heart, in its box and it’s transporter come off of the elevator at 5:30 this morning and by 9am, her heart, Zoe’s heart, was beating on it’s own in it’s new home.
My sister has seen Zoe since then, still sedated but back in her room and already she looks good.
I know my sister will have a much better post than I do, complete with details on the surgery, but right now I hope she’s getting the best sleep, the most sound sleep she’s had in months.
We’ve waited, we’ve prayed, we never gave up hope, and now here we are… December 2nd 2008, and Zoe has her heart. Just in time for Christmas.
As a final thought, I want to say Thank you to the family who gave us back our Zoe. Though we may never meet or know where you are, we are forever grateful that you were able to give us the best Christmas gift one could ever ask for. Your decision was difficult I am sure of that but what you’ve sent us, the life you’ve given us, can’t be measured in words, in blog posts or in tears. Instead we measure it in the smile of a little girl that we love, we measure it with her laugh, her energy and her life.