Two years ago on this night our family members came to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to be with Emily. The doctors told us to call them in because the end of Emily’s life was near. We asked for prayers and they came from all over the world. I told them that somehow I knew that Emily would make it through the night and keep fighting. The pediatric intensive care doctor said we are the biggest P.I.C.U. in the country and almost every child that is put on a ventilator makes it through and survives. Unfortunately your daughter is most likely not going to be one of them. She has less than a one in a thousand chance of survival. Kids just don’t recover from being this sick.
I asked for them to never quit trying to help her because she would make it through. He looked at me like I was the most naive parent in the world. He did say though that we will never stop trying to help her survive. We had our family members and our Penn State family members talk to Em and encourage her to keep fighting. She made it through that night and slowly started to get better. I posted then that I BELIEVED that I was witnessing a miracle.
Thanks to everyone that prayed for Em and helped us in so many different ways. Thanks to all the amazing doctors, scientists, and staff that treated Em through her entire fight. Thanks to all of the families that walked the road before us and helped guide and support us. I feel very lucky and thankful for every day that I spend with my hero. Em will be two years cancer free on 5-10-14. I feel that during your darkest hours never give up hope and keep your faith!
Sometimes Miracles do happen!