Emily’s story – UC Davis Children’s Hospital


It was 9:15 Wednesday night on the 8th. The doctor came back in and she I noticed that the nurse shut the
door behind her and she put her hand on my shoulder
and she said sit down we need to chat and so I held Emily in my lap and she just looked me right in my eyes
and she said her blood work came back and it’s abnormal She has too many of the certain cells
and not enough of other types of cells. She has leukemia. They admitted her right away up to the
intensive care unit on the 10th floor here and they started getting her blood and
platelet transfusions. She was so low that her organs were going into failure and that
was the cause of her symptoms so that was the beginning of our journey
here at the hospital. My other children weren’t able to come very often but they happened to be able to come
and visit us on a Monday morning and a volunteer came to our room and she said, “Hey, IHOP is down in the parking lot doing pancake breakfast. I’ll watch Emily for you. You guys can go downstairs and grab some pancakes together. It was
the first thing we got to do as a family since she had been diagnosed her. Of course she had to stay up in her room but we all got to go downstairs. We met the pancake mascot, took some
pictures and and ate some pancakes and we just sat on the curb in the parking lot but it was just the this outpouring
of love from people that we didn’t know and kind of our first, an initiation into
this horrible world, but the blessing that it is that people like you give.Whether or not you know somebody in the hospital or and have known someone, the fact that
you give just means so much to families like us. We love UC Davis. We feel blessed to have Emily treated there and we feel like everyone there is part of our family now from the oncologists down to the
janitors that emptied the garbage in her room. You know the best of the best doctors come here to practice and all the research that’s
being done in Emily’s case she didn’t respond to
that treatment like 95 percent kids respond to the
treatment and their cancer goes into remission within a month and then they
spend the next two years fighting the rest, the little bit
that’s left but Emily didn’t do that. If she had been diagnosed just a
few years earlier her chances of being here today were like 10 to 30 percent but because of
research that had been done and that her doctors knew about. Her
doctor found out about it in March the year she was diagnosed and
that’s when he found out she didn’t respond to the treatment and so he said this is what the new
studies show and he went forward with a different course a treatment for her
that saved her life and she still here three years later.

2 thoughts on “Emily’s story – UC Davis Children’s Hospital

  1. National Pancake Day @IHOP supports patients like Emily Love. Pls share: http://youtu.be/YQy2eCorOcY @cmnhospitals #freestack #ucdavis

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