On New Year’s Eve 2009 I received a call that a young couple at Grace had taken their 10 week daughter, Amelia, to the emergency room. Amelia was diagnosed with acute myocarditis/dilated cardiomyopathy – bottom line: she needed a new heart.
Last March, at Texas Children’s Hospital, Amelia was given a Berlin Heart – an absolutely amazing device that has sustained her as she waited for the donation of a new heart.
That is happening as I type this post. Just a little after 8:00 this evening surgeons at Texas Children’s began a 12+ hour heart transplant.
The gift of this new heart required a donor and I love what Amelia’s parents posted on their Caring Bridge page:
Please be in prayer for the precious family who is selflessly giving Amelia and our family the best possible gift. We pray that God give them comfort and peace in this most difficult of times. My heart aches for them, and I am just so humbled that we can give Amelia a second chance at a life because of this gift.
Tonight I am praying for Amelia and for the family that gave this gift. As I do, I am reminded that every gift we receive comes at a price to someone.
Thinking about that makes grace all the more amazing.
You can follow Amelia's story and join us in praying for her at Caring Bridge Amelia.