Posted: May 31, 2013 4:43 PM by Judy Slate
Updated: May 31, 2013 4:43 PM
SEATTLE - There is good news today for baby Poppy, the child with a rare heart defect that was born to a Belgrade couple.
Poppy was born in early March and has been struggling to survive ever since. Now, she has a new heart and her parents, Brad and Christie Dahl, couldn't be happier.
"We're so excited, she's handling it wonderful," Brad said from Seattle Children's Hospital.
Brad took video as Poppy was being taken to the ER for the transplant early this morning. She's been waiting for a heart for about two weeks.
"Everything was just perfect for her - the timing, everything. It's just amazing," Christie said.
Poppy's own heart never operated properly, even after two surgeries. Just an hour after the transplant, Brad and Christie said their baby was already improving.
"The problem was her heart now she has a new one and I feel like she's going to succeed," Christie said.
"She's pink. She looks really good. She's looking right at us now," Brad said. "Her toes are pink. She looks...really, she looks wonderful."
As Brad and Christie sit by Poppy's side, they are thankful. Poppy finally has a fighting chance.
Poppy is not out of the woods yet. If all continues to go well, she could be released from the hospital in six weeks.
Click here to follow Poppy's progress on her Facebook page.