by Linda Oliver
(Thaxton, VA, USA)
Danielle was born with a severe congenital heart defect. She endured 5 open heart surgeries and many catheterizations. This past summer she was diagnosed with and battled fungal endocarditis. About 3 weeks into her hospitalization, they found a pseudo-aneurysm on her left pulmonary artery. The hospital that diagnosed the aneurysm said it was inoperable, another hospital that we had Danielle transferred to said it appeared stable and would be watched. Needless to say, this aneurysm appears have ruptured, and Danielle passed away on November 9, 2011.
I am beside myself in grief. Danielle was a kind, caring wonderful person who could only see the good in people. She loved to help people, she also loved children. She was looking forward to one day becoming a pediatric RN. I still cannot understand why she was taken from me. Even though I have 3 other beautiful, healthy children, there is a void in my heart right now that cannot be filled. I force myself to sleep, and when I wake up, I cry. I cannot eat, when I do, I feel sick. My mind is always on her. Each day gets more and more difficult. Danielle was an amazing person, and she is already missed by many.