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When three-year-old Theresa came down with what her parents thought was an ear infection, they weren’t too worried. But after a few days of no improvement, they took Theresa to their family doctor, where it turned out the situation was much more serious – and immediate.
Theresa had appendicitis and was rushed into emergency surgery, where doctors discovered her appendix had burst and her body was struggling to fight the infection due to a weakened immune system.
During this scary time, Theresa’s parents stayed at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. She underwent multiple life-saving surgeries, fought infections, and in January 2019, after more than a year of complex hospital care, Theresa received an extremely special gift from her brother, Kruz – a bone marrow transplant to help rebuild her struggling immune system.
Theresa was finally given the green light to return home in April, a full 14 months after first being admitted to the hospital.
“Theresa has taught us that every day you have a choice to decide how your day is going to go, if it’s going to be a good day or not a good day,” Kayla shared. “Even on her hardest days she still found a reason to smile – I think that’s a good lesson we can all take from her.”
Theresa’s dad, Nick, is grateful for the support his family received from RMHC Chicagoland. “That just helps the healing, too, that you know everyone is rooting for you.”
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