This piece was originally posted by Tabitha Radermacher on the CaringBridge page for her daughter, Bella, who was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma in April 2018. She wrote this piece the day Bella received her second liver transplant.
We have met so many wonderful people along our journey. Whether from the Castle hospital, Masonic Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald house, and everyone in between, these people have become family to us.
We just made a new family member yesterday, an 8-year-old boy. He has the most generous spirit and the kindest family. The hardest part of this new relationship is we never actually met him in person nor will we ever get the chance to meet him.
You see, this little boy met Jesus this week and his family generously donated his organs, giving us the most perfect gift for Bella. In their darkest days, they chose to be the light for others.
Bella is currently undergoing her liver transplant! The procedure started at 6 this morning. She is in the best hands with the best team. As excited as we are, the risks for a second transplant are greater. It’ll be a long day but a long day we are more than happy to have.
As always, we ask for prayers for the team working on Bella: Prayers to keep their minds sharp and hands light. We also ask for prayers for the donor family. As excited as we are for this beautiful gift, our hearts hurt knowing a family lost their child. It’s such a bittersweet feeling. Finally, prayers for Travis and myself for peace and comfort during our long day.
Written by Tabitha Radermacher
Tabitha is mom to two children, Bella and Ian. Bella was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, liver cancer, in April 2017. Tabitha and her husband, Travis, live in Ortonville, Minnesota. Tabitha hopes she and Bella can soon leave the hospital and the Ronald McDonald house, where she’s been staying during treatment, and move back home. Learn more about Bella’s Story.