Last Christmas Day, Sophie Maxwell was put on the donor list for a heart. One year later, she finally got her Christmas present
11 Days before this Christmas, doctors suggested ending her care, not knowing how close they were to getting a new heart.
30 Year old Kerryanne and 40 year old Ian were devastated when doctors told them that their baby daughter had contracted a deadly blood poisoning and that care should be terminated. They refused and 11 days later a match was found
Little Sophie Maxwell had a birth defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which affects the blood flow to and from the heart. The baby had several operations, but her heart continued to get worse
With her organs shutting down and sepsis taking over, Kerryanne was terrified that she was going to lose her baby. ‘I was terrified when she was diagnosed with sepsis and on November 11, doctors even gave us the option to end all care by stopping her heart medication but that wasn’t even an option for us. I have fought for her for three years and I couldn’t not give her a chance at a normal life.’
Before the operation she was blue because her heart wasn’t working properly but as soon as I saw her after surgery, she was instantly a healthy pink color. It’s such a relief that an organ match was found… It was all we wanted for Christmas.
Sophie is like a different little girl now. While she will be monitored for the rest of her life, she has been give the gift of life. ‘There is no simple fix for congenital heart defects… But thanks to her selfless donor, she has the chance of having a future.’