Support Emma's Road to Recovery

$23,185 of $30k goal

Raised by 275 people in 40 months
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Lindsey Dryer  SEVERNA PARK, MD
Emma is four months old and the first child for Cortney and Donal McCarthy, Sunrise, Fl. While pregnant with Emma, Cortney's doctor found the placenta to be abnormal and discussed the possibility of a genetic syndrome. Due to in utero complications, Emma was born 7 weeks premature. Cortney spent her days and nights with Emma in the NICU, and Donal balanced visiting Emma, going to work, and taking care of their home. Emma surprised everyone with her growth and strength, and she was able to go home after 2 weeks. A cyst was discovered on her liver, but the doctor believed it was nothing more than that. Surgery was scheduled for the beginning of July, and everyone remained optimistic.

Unfortunately the cyst was found to be a malignant tumor, and further screening led to an additional tumor. Emma was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, cancer of the liver. Within two weeks, Emma had been operated on twice. Both surgeries were traumatic for Emma. The first surgery required an incision the width of her belly, which produced much discomfort for her during recovery, requiring morphine. The second surgery led to cardiac arrest during the operation and required multiple emergency blood transfusions during recovery. Emma is currently in PICU at Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hospital and in a sedative state to remain calm and comfortable. Once she has regained her strength, she will begin receiving chemotherapy.

Your support will alleviate medical costs and everyday expenses. Donal has spent countless hours away from work to visit Emma and Cortney during Emma's numerous hospital stays. Emma will be under the care of doctors and screened for the next ten years, at least. Every gift matters and would be greatly appreciated.
With love,
Lindsey Dryer, Cortney's Cousin
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Update 4
Posted by Lindsey Dryer
39 months ago
Emma's gaining strength, but she is still under intensive care while waiting for a liver. Many people have begun initiatives for the McCarthys, so we're going to set a new goal! Thank you for your relentless support.
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Update 3
Posted by Lindsey Dryer
40 months ago
Emma was transferred to University of Miami's Holtz Children's Hospital for a liver transplant. She is first on the national list for a pediatric liver, so please continue to send your amazing prayers and thoughts!!
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Update 2
Posted by Lindsey Dryer
40 months ago
Message from Cortney:

I would like to thank everyone for all those amazing prayers that are going on. This is extremely hard for me and I wish I could fix her myself. There isn't a second that goes by that my heart doesn't ache for her. She is the most amazing and precious little one I know. She will be transported tomorrow to Jackson Memorial to be evaluated for a liver transplant. Please just keep those prayers coming so that she will be coming home soon so I can hold her and never stop giving her kisses...
Thank you again everyone,
Love Cortney, Donal, and baby Emma
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Update 1
Posted by Lindsey Dryer
40 months ago
We are in AWE of your support and truly thank you! It's inspiring to see this outpour of love in such a short period of time. Our first goal has been met and hope to meet our second as we continue to support Emma, Cortney, and Donal.
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$23,185 of $30k goal

Raised by 275 people in 40 months
Created August 08, 2013
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Lindsey Dryer  
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$5
Carlton Smith
39 months ago
JN
$5
Jessica Nace
39 months ago

Wish I could afford more, praying for your baby

BV
$5
Barbara V
39 months ago
AF
$5
Arash Farsi
39 months ago
SB
$5
Steven Breland
39 months ago

May blessings be with you. Wish I could give more!

MM
$10
miguel maldonado
39 months ago

you have my blessings what a beautiful baby girl ,I WILL BE AT HER FIRST B-DAY. may god bless your family and what your going thru , love you emma you have a bueatiful smile

SR
$10
Stacey & Michael Reid
38 months ago

Hoping you will have your baby home in your arms soon strong and healthy :-)

$10
Anonymous
39 months ago
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40 months ago
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40 months ago
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