Let us all thank our maker for our babies and toddlers in good health. Now that we've done that, let's also thank modern medicine for saving Delilah Valdez through the miracle of seven organ transplants. The 19-month-old little girl from Texas is recovering after receiving a new liver, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, kidney and spleen.
Born with a rare disorder of the digestive system, Delilah wasn't able to eat using her mouth for the first sixteen months of her life, until she received these organs. Now she's eating and letting her parents know what she likes, and doesn't like. Just like a typical toddler.
But Delilah's miracle means, at least one, and possibly seven other toddlers didn't get to live their lives like typical little ones. I honestly can't wrap my head around how much pain went into this miracle for little Delilah.
I'm amazed that there are parents out there who, when faced with the worst possible scenario, find it in their hearts to be generous enough to donate their child's organs. I hope I would be able to do the same.
While I am an organ donor, it's way past where I want to go to even consider donating my children's organs. Anything happening to them would basically kill me, and acting in a rational manner at that time would be way too much to expect. Which is probably why, I actually should fill out a donor card now. Because I would want to help someone else's child, even if the worst was happening in my own my family. But even thinking about it makes my chest tighten and hear the phrase "don't borrow trouble!" screeching in my head -- even though I'm neither superstitious, nor delusional. Except, I guess, when it comes to my kids.
No one wants to consider the death of their children, ohmygod, no, never, never. Which makes the fact that this little girl was the recipient of a gift of these organs so amazing. I would love to meet the parents of the children who donated these life-saving organs, and give them all a great big thank you (while crying hysterically, most likely). They've done more than most of us could, during the most horrific time of their lives.
Would you donate your child's organs?
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