By writer to www.firstcoastnews.com
After ready within the hospital for many of her life for a coronary heart, 1-year-old Phoebe Friebel lastly acquired that coronary heart early Sunday morning.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — One-year-old Phoebe Friebel has identified nothing aside from life within the hospital. She was on the guts transplant checklist for 342 days. The key phrase there may be “was.” Early Sunday morning, Phoebe Friebel lastly acquired the guts she’d been ready for.
“The following factor I do know my cellphone rings and it is the transplant coordinator and I simply requested her, ‘why are you calling me’ as a result of nothing was taking place on the hospital,” the kid’s mom, Jenee Friebel, stated.
The decision concerning the donor coronary heart got here Saturday afternoon.
“She was like, ‘nicely, I’ve actually excellent news.’ And I am like at that time, I believe I virtually blacked out. I do not keep in mind something she stated and my coronary heart began beating so quick,” Jenee Friebel stated. “I simply stated [to her husband], ‘Phoebe’s getting a coronary heart.'”
Phoebe was born with a coronary heart defect that triggered the left facet of her coronary heart to not totally develop, so her complete coronary heart relied on the precise facet to maintain her alive. In September, she got an artificial heart at Shands Kids’s Hospital in Gainesville. Since then, she waited for an actual coronary heart.
“I’m speechless. I don’t even know what to say. It nonetheless doesn’t really feel actual,” Jenee Friebel stated. “It has been onerous, to be honestly sincere. It has been very, very onerous.”
Friebel stated they’re extraordinarily grateful to the donor household as a result of, with out them, this would not be attainable.
Phoebe’s mom spoke to First Coast News in April when COVID-19 solely allowed the St. Augustine 1-year-old to have one customer, her mother.
“It is undoubtedly scary. The truth that I might decide it up anyplace and convey it to her as nicely, so I’ve to be very, very cautious,” Jenee Friebel stated in April.
The pandemic was simply one of many roadblocks over the previous 12 months, together with a painful false alarm in December.
“After they acquired her fully asleep and incubated within the OR, we get the decision and mainly stating the guts transplant is not going by means of as a result of the guts is not in addition to they thought it was. It was undoubtedly crushing,” Jenee Friebel stated in December.
Phoebe Friebel’s dad and mom have documented her journey that included spending each vacation within the hospital throughout the little woman’s first 12 months of life.
“She nonetheless has a very lengthy restoration course of. It’s going to be a very powerful one for her simply because she has been so sick and her lungs have been so sick after which, after all, now we have COVID on prime of all the things,” Jenee Friebel stated.
For now, although, Jenee Friebel stated Sunday is one other vacation for them to rejoice.
“I undoubtedly wish to rejoice prefer it’s a birthday virtually. That is large. That is large. Coronary heart transplants, they do not final perpetually,” she stated. “I imply, she would possibly want one other transplant in 5 years or 10 years, however I believe proper now we do not know what the long run holds, so we wish to rejoice all the things we presumably can and do no matter we are able to so Phoebe can dwell a semi-normal life exterior of the hospital.”
Phoebe Friebel’s dad and mom proceed to advocate for consciousness about congenital coronary heart defects.