Matthew’s Story — Alyssa House Family Testimonial

4M8A4804-crop-edit“My name is Matthew. When I was born I had hypoplastic left heart syndrome. When I was born I was med-flighted from Johnson City, Tennessee, on July 31, 2008 to the University of Virgina Children’s Hospital … I had three open heart surgeries by age 3.

I had good years until October 2018. I developed a cough.

The heart was producing protein which leaked into my lungs, causing casts [caulk-like plugs] to cling inside of my longs. The disease is known as plastic bronchitis. The only cure is a heart transplant.

I came back to UVA on March 5, 2019, until May, 5, 2019 when a heart was found for me. I stayed at UVA for three weeks and then was released to The Alyssa House. I want to thank my donor and his family, the medical staff and God for seeing me through this time.”

“Thank you to The Alyssa House for letting us stay here. This place has been perfect for Matthew.”

— Matthew Osborne & Family

 

Olivia — A Heart Transplant Superhero!

IMG_0910Olivia has been a true heart transplant superhero! We’re overjoyed she got to go home healthy and happy with her loving parents.

When you donate to The Alyssa House, you help families just like this!

“October 10, 2018: Olivia Rose is born. Our very first child. For a while, everything seemed to be normal. We had our baby home for a little over a month and then it happened…

“She was sick — or so I thought. I noticed her wheezing and called the nurse triage line for advice. After talking to the nurse and describing everything I saw, she instructed me to go to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Urgent Care immediately. I went and had Olivia evaluated and the doctor sent us home with a diagnosis of bronchiolitis, otherwise known as a baby cold.

“I took her home and watched closely over the next few days. Two days later, Nov 26, 2018, Olivia couldn’t hold any milk down and eventually she lost her appetite completely. I called her pediatrician and asked that he see her that day. He evaluated her and said, “I’m calling an ambulance to come pick her up because she isn’t breathing right at all.”

“We went to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, CKHD, and they admitted her. She was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. She stayed at CKHD for exactly one month before they decided she would need a heart transplant.

“Dec 26, 2018, Olivia is transported to UVA. The medical team was amazing! They all treated Olivia as their own baby and made my husband and I feel like family.

4M8A7635-edit“March 12, 2019: Olivia is given a second chance at life. She received her new heart and set the record for post-transplant recovery time! Two  weeks after surgery she left the hospital to come stay at the Alyssa House, which has been an amazing resource. This has felt like our home away from home and they helped us in our transition from hospital to home. We cannot even begin to express our gratitude.”

Thank you so much,

The Bailey Family

 

 

Special thanks to our friends at Mason’s Toy Box and Christian’s Purpose for providing a new crib and car seat for this family!

Jovie’s Story — Family Testimonial

4M8A9987-editHow exciting it was to find out that God was blessing us with our fourth precious child to love and raise!

At 19 weeks we found our that Mom had a rare pregnancy complication that would cause our sweet girl to be born early. Although we had high hopes of a scheduled delivery at 34 weeks, an emergency required delivery at 31 weeks.

Our sweet Jovie (meaning strong and happy) stayed in the NICU for 6 weeks, where she received the most outstanding care!

One of our greatest gifts during this journey was The Alyssa House, and the wonderful people that we met along the way! Our gratitude cannot be expressed adequately with words, but we will always remember this blessing and will pray for this ministry always!

With thanks and love,

The Hales

Will, Ashley, Victoria, Emery, Davis, and baby Jovie.

 

(Feb. 2019)

Holiday Surprise for a Former Alyssa House Family!

IMG_2985 (2)-editChristmas came early, thanks to our incredible friends at Mason’s Toy BoxMason’s Toy Box went above and beyond for this former Alyssa House family, and surprised Elaina on her 4th birthday. Elaina and her family stayed The Alyssa House this summer, while recovering from an emergency dialysis surgery.

Elaina received a new handicap accessible power wheels, which will help her play outside with her sibling and other kids her age! Elaina has caudal regression syndrome and uses a wheelchair.

A huge thank you to Mason’s Toy Box, for all they do for pediatric patients and their families. The Alyssa House is so grateful to be surrounded by such a loving organization and caring community.