Team AthenaSociety — Personal blog
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Athena is a strong, beautiful baby girl born on May 14, 2011. At 12 hours old she underwent her first of many major surgeries, this time to remove the damaged small intestine that she was unfortunately born with. This surgery left her with Short Bowel Syndrome, leaving her unable to absorb the nutrients she would need to live and grow. Her only option to survive was to be nourished through a permanent IV in her chest by a fluid called TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition) and Lipids. As you can imagine this left her with many challenges, but most of all can cause severe Liver Failure. At 5 months old, on October 17, 2011, Athena and her family made the journey from Michigan to Pennsylvania to be evaluated at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for what could be a life saving transplant. At that time Athena was listed for a small intestine and liver and was sent home to wait for a donor. More than a year later, on December 1, 2012, Athena's parents finally received "the call," her organs were donated! They once again made the trip to Pennsylvania for the transplant. The surgery was successful, but not long after Athena ran into many complications, including rejection, problems breathing on her own, and bleeding. Most recently, her team and family together have decided to relist Athena for a new transplant. On July 19th, 2013 Athena recieved her SECOND CHANCE TRANSPLANT!!! She recieved a partial stomach, liver, small intestine, and pancreas. She is so far doing well and now is the time to heal! She remains inpatient in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh on a ventilator through a tracheostomy and continues fighting her amazing battle.
Regardless of everything she has gone through, Athena still remains to be such a happy, silly girl. Her strength is well beyond her years and as her family, she continues to be our hero everyday.
As you can imagine this journey has taken both and emotional and financial toll on the family. Any well wishes may be sent to:
Nicole Schoen Room 31
514 N. Neville St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
If you wish to help fund the family please visit http://www.gofundme.com/2cf5hw