All parents want for their children is for them to be healthy and happy. Watching a child go through a health scare is absolutely gut-wrenching. This is just what happened to this Australian family when their 8-year-old daughter’s schoolmates started telling her she looked pregnant. What ensued is something no parent ever hopes their child has to endure.
“You Look Pregnant”
Leah and her husband Victor already had three children when four years later a “surprise” baby came along, Jada. From the beginning, Jada was different from the rest of their children. Their other three kids were super active and athletic. Jada, however, slept a lot and was always tired. The parents thought it was just from the effort of keeping up with her older, bigger siblings. Jada was really small and not very strong.
“Looking back when she started swimming lessons, she’d turn blue and feel the cold really quickly… and right from preschool she also had extreme separation anxiety, she was very clingy.” said mom Leah.Kidsspot.com.au
When Jada was eight years old, her belly started to swell. At first, Leah and Victor didn’t notice it. Jada’s classmates, however, did. Jada came home saying that her classmates said that she looked pregnant. Her parents decided to take her in for an ultrasound to see what was going on.
Taking Jada in for an ultrasound, they didn’t expect that what was going on in her body would be something overly major. Certainly, they did not expect to receive life-changing news. Unfortunately, that’s what they got.
“We took her for an ultrasound and the man who did it… well, his face went white. He referred us back to her doctor who said, all her organs were enlarged, and we were sent to emergency. We were there all weekend.”
The doctors put Jada on diuretics and she quickly lost five kilograms of water. She had a nurse assigned specifically to stay with her because losing that much water could quickly put her into cardiac arrest. Finally, on Monday, the doctors were able to inform them of Jada’s diagnosis. A doctor sat them down and told them that their little girl had something called restrictive cardiomyopathy. Jada needed a heart transplant – quickly.