"Words can never describe what it means to have others do so much."
Bridget was told in mid-pregnancy that her baby had a 50 percent chance of living, based on a birth defect seen in an ultrasound. Doctors revised the baby’s odds down to only 5 percent right before she was born. Baby Ellie proved them all wrong and is now a thriving 15-month-old who loves to smile and wave at everyone. Her big brothers say she is the strongest person in the world.
Ellie was born without a diaphragm, which caused her stomach, intestines and spleen to enter her chest. Immediately after birth she was placed on a type of life support that pumped all her blood out of her body, added oxygen and pumped it back in, allowing her heart and lungs to rest until she was ready to withstand surgery. During her more than 2-month hospital stay, Ellie needed numerous blood transfusions.
“I love watching people now and wondering which ones saved my little girl’s life,” says Bridget. “Words can never describe what it means to have others do so much,” she adds. Ellie is a fighter, but if there hadn’t been blood on the hospital shelves to help her fight, she wouldn’t be here today. “Blood donors save lives and Ellie is proof of that,” Bridget says. “I don’t know which ones saved Ellie, so I thank them all.”