Family Is Hoping For Heart For Their Daughter But Knows Another Will Have To Make Agonizing Decision

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES ( — It’s the season of giving and one family is hoping they will receive the ultimate gift — a new heart for their baby daughter.

The new heart would save Ellie Lim. Her parents — Melissa and Lee Lim — know for their 8-month-old daughter to live, another family will have to make an agonizing decision.

Ellie has spent more than half her young life in a hospital bed. She has an enlarged heart and needs a transplant.

KCAL9’s Kristine Lazar explains why getting organ donations for kids is especially difficult.

While most families spent the holidays around the dinner table, Lazar said the Lims spent theirs around their daughter’s hospital bed.

“I haven’t held her,” Melissa says breaking into tears, “since…August.”

Ellie has dilated cardiomyopathy — an enlarged heart. The organ is nearly twice the size it should be. Continue reading