A local family is continuing to overcome the odds after their daughter was diagnosed with a blood clot almost a month ago.
You may have seen the posts on Facebook, 24 year old Danielle Mauldin, given a short amount of time to live after being diagnosed with a blood clot causing her small intestine to fail. The odds of surviving, grim. But Danielle’s mom says it was God and the Lafayette community that helped to create a miracle.
“I got the call at 6 o’clock in the morning with the doctor saying she had 24 hours to live.” said Anne-Marie Mauldin, mother of Danielle.
It was a call Anne-Marie Mauldin didn’t want with her cup of morning coffee.
“I think I went into shock. I did. I went into shock.” said Anne-Marie, “I just didn’t know, you know? Not my child. Not 24 hours to live.”
In no time Anne-Marie made the trip to Florida to be by Danielle’s side.
“You know they pretty much said they couldn’t do anything. She was going to die.” said Anne-Marie, “We didn’t accept that because her vitals were still great.”
After more tests, the Mauldin family began doing research.
“We found out you could get transplants for small intestines.” said Anne-Marie, “Then we had meetings with the head doctors and we wouldn’t stop. We would not stop. We would not take no for an answer.”
With a few calls, on May 30th, Danielle and her mom were transported to a hospital in Ohio to undergo immediate surgery and treatment.
“They had to take out all of her small intestines.” said Anne-Marie, “There’s like 10 centimeters left and they had to take out part of her large intestine too. But, she’s alive. That’s the main thing.”
Before Danielle can get a transplant, doctors want her to get healthy and regain strength.
“She’s doing amazing. Right now shes got back 70% of her mobility and you know she’s really working hard in PT she’s working hard in OT”said Anne-Marie.
While Danielle continues to make progress, some days are harder than others.
“She has ups and down.” said Anne-Marie, “It’s going to be a totally new lifestyle for her so you know some days she’s okay and some days she’s down.”
But what keeps her fighting, is her extended family of Lafayette.
“I get ready to cry thinking about it.” said Mauldin, “We thank you for everything you’ve done. Every penny you’ve given, every card you’ve sent. The love you’ve sent and the prayers you’ve sent. Everything we just cannot thank you enough.”
The next step for Danielle is to be discharged from the hospital in about a week. From there her mom says she will either go to a rehab center for more treatment or she will go straight to the transplant place as an outpatient and then the wait begins for a new intestine.
Danielle’s friend, Renee Coleman made the page hoping to raise 10,000 dollars to help offset medical expenses for the Mauldin family. Coleman says she was overwhelmed by the communities support but it just goes to show how Lafayette takes care of each other.
“To see the impact Danielle has left on so many people’s lives, it’s incredible. To see the strength in numbers, as astounding as it was I wasn’t surprised because she was that amazing of a person and so is Lafayette as a city.”said Renee Coleman.
There is still a lot of fundraising to go as a transplant is not cheap. The page’s new goal is 100,000 dollars.