Mothers will do anything for their children. Whatever they need, most mothers will search to the ends of the earth to find it if they can.
A Kentucky mom is in a desperate race against time as she searches for perhaps the most gut-wrenching thing a mother ever has to search for. A heart for her 16-month-old baby daughter.
Aurora “Rori” Shane was born with a heart defect and corrective surgeries have failed. At this point, a transplant is the only option to save Rori’s life. Rori has been on the transplant list for more than 200 days and time is running out. Rori’s mother, Jennifer Shane, says that Rori has spent most of her life living in Norton Children’s Hospital as they wait for a heart. This will be her second Christmas living in the hospital.
Rori has been waiting a long time for a heart. Unfortunately, because of her size she has not received many offers, blood type and weight are a key factor, a donor who weights 20-50 pounds is needed and her blood type is A+. Sharing this on social media is a long shot but it has worked and after living in the hospital for almost two years with Rori, I’ve heard firsthand of these stories. So I’m here bare bones about my daughter and her story to strangers which is not an easy thing but if this finds her a heart I would do it a million times over. If someone sees this and can help or get us in touch with someone who can help please let me know here or I can be reached at 503-412-9976. If there is a heart out there for Rori the cardiac transplant team can work with the donor and the donors family, confirm the match and Rori can truly have a real chance.
Thank you for caring – Jen (Rori’s mom)
Besides medical expenses, which by this point have become astronomical for Rori, having a baby living in a hospital is expensive. There are parking expenses, over-priced meals, time off from work, and more. Rori has a GoFundMe account that you can contribute to if you’re so inclined.
Rori was named Aurora from the Old English word “Hope of a new dawn,” her mother says. Right now, we are all hoping for a new dawn and a new life for little Rori.