One morning in February 2014, Amanda Sellers noticed her normally energetic and cheerful 2-year-old daughter wasn’t acting like herself. Instead of being a talkative toddler, Brynslet was lethargic and feverish, and she had no appetite.
Amanda wasted no time. She took Brynslet to a doctor’s office, where her daughter was diagnosed with bronchitis. But something still didn’t seem right to Amanda. Trusting her intuition, Amanda took Brynslet to a local hospital for more tests. An X-ray revealed that Amanda was right to worry: Brynslet’s heart was enlarged, and her lungs were filled with fluid.
The next day, Brynslet was hospitalized in Savannah, about an hour outside their hometown. After a few weeks, her doctors determined that she needed more specialized pediatric care.
In March, about a month after her mother first noticed her strange symptoms, Brynslet was transferred to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center at Egleston hospital. The cardiology team monitored her for several days before making the decision that Brynslet needed a heart transplant. Her name was added to the transplant list March 12.