In 2001, Morgan was brought to Egleston via ambulance and went straight to the PICU with the diagnosis of myocarditis, or viral cardiomyopathy. Essentially, she had an infection that attacked her heart muscle. She was placed on an ECMO machine and not given good odds.
We were told one-third of patients like her would not make it, one-third would need a heart transplant and one-third would need cardiac medications for the rest of their lives.
Morgan's heart is perfectly normal - she did not receive a transplant and does not take any medications. She has no activity restrictions, and today she is a healthy 15-year-old.
If we did not live in Atlanta and did not have access to the treatment provided by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, I doubt we would have had such a successful, miraculous outcome. Morgan had the honor of being this year's success story at the Hope and Will Ball.
Happy anniversary, CHOA! We appreciate the stellar care you provide to children in our community and beyond.