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THREE HEARTS IN SEVEN YEARS: ALIRIX'S STORY
By the time she was 7 years old, Alirix had already had three hearts: the one she was born with, the artificial heart that kept her alive while awaiting a transplant, and the donor heart that saved her life...
Alirix seemed perfectly healthy when she was born, but by age 2 she was having trouble breathing. After a series of tests in her home state of Kansas, Alirix’s family came to Children's Hospital Colorado where she was diagnosed with a severe heart defect: idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.
By age 6, Alirix’s condition had become dire to the point that she had to be hospitalized. That’s when doctors at Children’s Colorado performed a surgery to implant a blood-pumping device known as a Berlin Heart. As Alirix and her family anxiously awaited a donor heart, the Berlin Heart was the only thing keeping her alive.
After two months of uncertainty at Children’s Colorado, Alirix and her family received the news they’d been waiting for: Alirix had been matched to a donor heart.
Alirix’s transplant surgery lasted for nearly 11 hours. When it was over, she had a new, healthy heart beating in her chest, and it has been doing so ever since.
This young lady is just one of hundreds of children who have been helped by Childrens Hospital, through the support of people like you. Please take a moment to donate today, and remember to visit the Chapel Hills Event Center on Saturday March 16th --boards breaking, Silent Auction, Demonstration Teams, Wine Pull, Balloon Pop, Sparring Team Exhibitions, local vendors who have given to help support this amazing organization... you may even see one or two of your favorite characters interacting with the crowd(!)
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