She may only be 5-months-old, but little Paisley Mae Arnold has already tackled a big life challenge.
On Sunday, the child, who has been battling congenital heart disease, received a much needed heart transplant. According to Steven’s Hope for Children, a no-profit that provides specialized housing for children and their families near a treatment facility, little Paisley was out of surgery at 5:30 a.m. She is being treated at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
“She is doing very well and the family thanks everyone for all the prayers and support,” Steven's Hope officials said through Facebook.
Paisley is the daughter of Charity Arnold and husband Rick Arnold, a firefighter/paramedic from Hemet, according to media reports. The family has received assistance from Steven's Hope.
“Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers,” Steven’s Hope officials asked.
Paisley Mae was listed on the United Network for Organ Sharing list within three days, a designation that normally takes around 2 weeks, according to the Change of Heart for Paisley Mae, a Facebook page run by family and loved ones. Paisley had to be placed on a ventilator and Berlin Heart, a synthetic temporary heart.
She had to be on both ECMO and the Berlin Heart at the same time, which is not normally done, according to the page.
Paisley was intubated for three weeks straight and when she had her breathing tube removed, did very well, loved ones said.
Paisley got her Change of Heart, exactly one month after we were given the news that she would need a heart transplant, according to the Facebook page.