Help me! Mum's desperate plea to save daughter's life goes viral
She has spent her entire life in hospital
Editor / December 30 2018
A mum has turned to the internet in a desperate plea to help her baby daughter who is dying in hospital.
Mum, Jennifer Shane, has been told only a heart transplant can save her little girl’s life, with young Aurora “Rori” Shane having been born with a defect.
The little girl from the USA has spent her second Christmas in hospital with the condition which means she will pass away in months if she doesn't get a new heart.
Corrective surgeries have been unsuccessful, and now Jennifer is in a desperate hunt for a new heart. Rori has been on the transplant list for more than 200 days, but time is running out …
Jennifer took to Facebook to explain Rori’s situation in a beautiful, heart-wrenching letter:
“Rori has been waiting a long time for a heart,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, because of her size she has not received many offers, blood type and weight are a key factor, a donor who weights 20-50 pounds is needed and her blood type is A+.
“Sharing this on social media is a long shot but it has worked and after living in the hospital for almost two years with Rori, I’ve heard firsthand of these stories. So I’m here bare bones about my daughter and her story to strangers which is not an easy thing but if this finds her a heart I would do it a million times over.
“If someone sees this and can help or get us in touch with someone who can help please let me know here or I can be reached at 503-412-9976. If there is a heart out there for Rori the cardiac transplant team can work with the donor and the donors family, confirm the match and Rori can truly have a real chance.
“Thank you for caring – Jen (Rori’s mom)”
Rori was born with only one pumping heart chamber, not the four she should have and she has lived her entire life in the hospital.
Frances Sheen has been a magazine and website journalist & editor for the last 20 years - both in Australia and the UK. She's appeared on countless TV and radio shows to discuss parenting and launched her own social media parenting brand. She's the mum of two little girls and juggles that with a busy working life.