A heart for Ashlyn?

Ashlyn Bohrer, 15, of Hugo, has had five open-heart surgeries since she was born with congenital heart disease. She’s had a pacemaker since she was three. She needs a new heart to live. It’s her last hope, WCCO reported in February, just before a community fundraiser to help cover some of her family’s expenses was held in White Bear Lake.

It didn’t help earlier this year when her pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon in Minnesota announced he’s leaving for another job, and the local hospital couldn’t attract a new surgeon quickly. So the family had to look for another pediatric heart center and settled on a hospital in Milwaukee.

It turned out to be a good choice. Today, the family got a call. There’s a heart for Ashlyn.

But the family, who have been chronicling their journey on Facebook since last fall, also knows what that means for another family.

They’re not sure yet whether everything will fall into place to allow the surgery to go ahead. This is a day in the life of a family with a sick child.

Day 221At 12:45 this morning we got the call that a heart was available. We arrived at the hospital at 7am, and it has…

Posted by Ashlyn's Army on Monday, April 23, 2018

We have been busy meeting surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and transplant nurses. Ash is pretty nervous, so…

Posted by Ashlyn's Army on Monday, April 23, 2018

  • KariBemidji

    Their best day is another family’s worst. The miracle of science (I truly marvel at the artistry and imagination that has resulted in transplants).

  • Nato Coles

    If you don’t have yourself listed as a donor on your driver’s license, you really should change that.