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Thanks in advance for your generosity — kids like Gabby rely on community donations.

When Gabrielle “Gabby” Bolden was born in April 2008, she was diagnosed with pediatric myocarditis or inflammation of the heart muscle. Medication and periodic hospitalizations at Children’s of Alabama successfully managed Gabby’s condition until April 2015, when Gabby fell ill with RSV, a common respiratory virus. She returned to Children’s for treatment. At that time, doctors also performed a heart catheterization that revealed the right side of Gabby’s heart was severely damaged. She would need a heart transplant.

“All her major organs were enlarged,” said Gail Dennis, Gabby’s mother. “They moved us to [Children’s Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit] and that’s when we found out how sick she was.”

After several months in the hospital, then 7-year-old Gabby was placed on the transplant list and began what was expected to be a long wait. Advanced, life-saving equipment, funded in part by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals donations, allowed Gabby to return to school while she and her family waited for a donor heart to become available. Then, just a few days into the school year in August 2015, Gabby was told her new heart had arrived.

Surgery and recovery went smoothly, and Gabby was discharged home two weeks later. Today, nearly five years after her transplant, 11-year-old Gabby is back in school and lives life to the fullest. “The sky is the limit,” she said. “I can do whatever I want to.”