Monday, May 23, 2016

A house for Hannah: Girl with heart transplant gets a safe place to play

Audrey Johnson (right) sifts through materials for a playhouse with other members of Lake Stevens Girl Scout Troop 44017 before building the structure for 4-year-old Hannah Mae Campbell at her family's home in Everett on Saturday.
HERALDNET | Chris Winters

EVERETT — Three years ago, Hannah Mae Campbell's birthday was marked by celebration.

It's because she was still alive.

Instead of presents, her parents held a “birthday bash-blood drive” at their church, to provide life-saving gifts to others.

Little Hannah had received just such a gift. She was born with a very rare and often fatal condition called diffuse rhabdomyomatosis, a benign tumor in the walls of her heart that caused the organ to grow at an accelerated rate.

She got a heart transplant at age four months.

Hannah turned 4 last week. She's turned out to be quite a normal little girl, with deep blue eyes, an ear-to-ear grin and a bottomless font of energy. Continue reading
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