By writer to www.thenewsenterprise.com
Madison Dugas has spent almost her total life at Norton Kids’s Hospital in Louisville. Now, eight months later, she’s again residence along with her household after present process a coronary heart transplant.
Beth Dugas, Madison’s mom, stated she arrived at their residence in Elizabethtown on July 9. Her transplant was June 7.
In November, Madison was born with an unbalanced atrioventricular canal defect, and had open coronary heart surgical procedure at 1-week outdated to have a shunt put in her coronary heart.
Three months later her coronary heart perform began to say no and after being on a transplant listing for eight weeks and 4 days, Madison was matched with a donor.
Dugas stated the employees at Norton’s was very supportive and felt as if they honestly cared about Madison.
“I don’t know that you may ask for a greater group of docs and nurses and therapists,” Dugas stated.
Earlier than Madison left the hospital, Dugas stated employees held a small social gathering for her full with streamers and clapping.
She stated since arriving, she has been doing “extraordinarily nicely.” At the moment, Madison is on a number of drugs and diuretics; She has to take an antibiotic, an antiviral and antifungal for the primary three months post-surgery.
Earlier than the COVID-19 epidemic, Dugas took a go away of absence from the top of March to the top of June from her job as a bodily therapist assistant at Caretenders. Throughout that point, Dugas stated she was driving backwards and forwards almost day by day to see her daughter.
After beginning work once more, she may solely see Madison on the weekend. Now that Madison is residence, she stated it has been good not having to commute.
“It’s good to see her within the mornings earlier than work and know that she’s gonna be right here at residence at any time when I get off from work,” Dugas stated.
Since arriving residence, Dugas stated Madison has been sleeping nicely at night time and has been taking part in along with her 4-year-old brother, Parker.
Dugas stated Parker may be very excited to be with Madison and helps feed her, performs along with her and calms her down when she’s crying.
Madison additionally has a bit of little bit of lung illness which Dugas stated is frequent amongst people with Down Syndrome. They’ve to watch her oxygen stage since she was on oxygen when she arrived residence, however now not wants it.
Madison shall be on two anti-rejection drugs for the remainder of her life and must verify her purple and white blood cell counts as nicely.
Dugas stated additionally they have been ensuring Madison retains her meals down and haven’t been going out. She stated Madison may be very immunocompromised, so the household continuously washes their palms and have restricted folks from coming over.
“We take all the additional precautions, we now have hand sanitizer all around the home and simply making all these further steps to maintain her secure,” Dugas stated.
She stated she desires to emphasize the significance of organ donations, and stated that she would like to someday meet Madison’s donor household.
General, Dugas stated the method has been costly on prime of hospital stays, drugs and the price of driving backwards and forwards to Louisville. They’re at the moment nonetheless accepting donations at GoFundMe.com/miraclesformadison.
Dugas stated it has all been price it.
“I say it on a regular basis: She is priceless,” she stated. “We’re going to do what we have to for her.”