When Sarah Reesey saw Philadelphia’s 215 area code pop up during her morning hospital rounds earlier this month, her first thought was, “Oh, no, something is wrong.”
After all, the last year had been nothing but bad news for the nurse and her family, who live in Delta, a small town in southern York County, Pa. In June 2019, her son, now 4, was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, a rare inflammation that can lead to serious heart problems and that in Zachary Danger Reesey’s case could be resolved only with a new heart. Then, in March, he had a stroke, and had been recovering at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since then.
The coronavirus pandemic was another thick layer of worry for Reesey and her husband, Sean. Not only was their medically vulnerable son living in a hospital, but transplant procedures also had plummeted, with fewer acceptable donors and tight restrictions on non-emergency procedures.
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