Life changed for the Grams family in the year since Aria Rose, 2, received a new heart. Although the regular treks to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., are now farther apart, they've pulled up the carpets in their South Range home and stocked it with Aria in mind.
"We have Germ-X everywhere," said her mother Tara Grams. "There's Germ-X in every corner."
When Aria's older brothers come home from school, they sanitize their hands and change into clean pajamas.
"They're so protective of her," Grams said.
Therapists come in four days a week; Grams has become a full-time caregiver for Aria, who wore a mask most of the first year to protect her fragile immune system.
The other thing that changed as they waited for Aria's new heart was their view of organ donation. Other than checking the donor box on her license at 16, Grams hadn't given it another thought. Continue reading
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