Yesterday Destany went to Minneapolis Children's hospital to have her first radiation treatment. The only way to battle DIPG. Shortly before she was to be sedated for the treatment she had what appeared to be a seizure, or seizure-like event. She was admitted and an EEG run where no seizure activity was found. She was sedated at this point, so it was decided to go ahead and do the radiation treatment.
Unfortunately it was all just too much for Destany's brain stem. It just couldn't do the work it needed to keep her alive anymore. Destany was placed on life support. Sometime later she stopped having any response to pain and her pupils were no longer responding.
This morning when I arrived to the hospital they were removing her from the machines to see how she would do. As was expected, she was not able to breathe on her own. After seven minutes she was placed back on life support.
Melinda has decided to do what she can so another mother does not have to go through what she has today. Doctors spent today doing blood type matches so that another child might live even as we say goodbye to Destany. As I type this Destany should be in surgery. Tonight there will be several children to whom Destany has given life.
Sunday, Destany with her mommy Melinda.
Sunday: Destany with her uncle Dustin and Papa Chuck
Sunday, Destany with her Papa Chuck and mommy Melinda
Sunday: Destany and her aunt Amanda...her second mommy.
Destany and her mommy Melinda
Sunday: Destany and her aunt Nicole