It’s been 14 years since that scary St. Patrick’s Day…the day my 9 1/2 month old daughter, Marielle, received her life-saving liver transplant.
reprinted from February 1, 1995
While waiting for progress reports during her transplant, my husband and I visited the hospital’s gift shop where I came upon a funny looking blue stuffed elephant. I pulled his trunk and the melody, “You Are My Sunshine,” played. This was a song I had sung to my daughter since she was born. I bought the elephant to comfort her when she returned from the operating room. This silly elephant was a sign for me that everything would be okay.
Portrait by EMA Photography
Unfortunately, we no longer have the silly blue elephant. It was given to another little girl as she went into the operating room for her new liver. That little girl then passed it onto another child and so on. It became a good luck charm for many children who would get a second chance at life through transplantation.
Life is Good! Happy St. Patrick Day!