Our heart at Everything Happy is to help as many children as we can to feel comfort, joy, hope and happiness, even if it is only for a moment. This month we had so many amazing Happiness Hero submissions we couldn’t choose just one! Meet Mitchell…an amazing child with a heart of gold!
My nephew Mitchell is truly my hero! He is celebrating his 5-year “liver birthday” by giving back to other children who are going through extremely difficult health challenges at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital by donating toys and other items.
Mitchell’s giving heart stems from the incredible health challenges he has faced throughout his life. At 3 months old Mitchell was diagnosed with a rare and life threatening liver disease, Biliary Atresia. He had to undergo a surgical procedure to connect the small intestine to the liver so his liver could function. Mitchell has had numerous hospital stays as a result of countless surgeries, scans, blood tests and procedures. He has been so brave through it all, even with a fear of needles!
After years of waiting and praying, Mitchell received his gift of life, a liver transplant, on March 11, 2010. We are forever grateful to the donor and their family because without this selfless act Mitchell would not have been able to continue living.
One of the amazing things about Mitchell is that he rarely complained about all he has endured throughout the journey. He continued to smile, even when he wasn’t feeling well, which brought and continues to bring comfort to his family.
Mitchell turned 12 in October and is thriving! Our family feels extremely blessed that God provided just what was needed in His timing. Mitchell is truly a hero to me! At such a young age he has already told such a big story….but the story is not over!
By Lisa Kardos
Stories like Mitchell’s are so inspiring. Mitchell and his family’s strength and courage remind us, what a gift life is and to never give up hope no matter the circumstances.