July 21st, 2016
The phrase “good things come in small packages” certainly pertains to Daylea who proudly wears her cowboy boots and a big smile 24/7. You would never guess that this spunky little girl was considered medically fragile when she was adopted by her mom Amber 3 years ago. Daylea was born with Biliary Atresia, a liver disease and was not expected to live much beyond her 4 month birthday. Like many moms of children with life threatening diseases, Amber became an expert on Daylea’s condition and learned that a liver transplant was a treatment option for children with her condition.
The waiting began at just 8 months old, when Daylea was put on the transplant list in Iowa. At age 4, she was added to the Wisconsin transplant list. On October 29th, 2015, their wait ended with a call that changed their lives, and with hopeful hearts they made the 4 hour drive to Milwaukee. We are happy to share that Daylea is thriving as a result of her transplant. Amber shared that the Ronald McDonald House really is their home away from home. “I didn’t know what to expect and was amazed at all the things that are here for families. I never felt homesick while staying at the House.” Daylea and Amber stayed at the House for 5 weeks and continue to come back for regular checkups. Daylea knows trips to Wisconsin mean seeing McNugget and spending time playing in the House that love built.