Adalynn Willett has been in the hospital for a long, long time. On the day of her release, she smiles and claps her hands, wearing a sparkly purple dress to commemorate the momentous occasion.
Adalynn was born 850 days ago, and has spent every single one of those days in the hospital. She got her first tooth, spent her first birthday, and fought for her life at Cook Children’s Medical Center.
“I just didn’t think this day would ever come,” said Adalynn’s mother, Serafina Sevallos.
Adalynn was born with her intestines and liver outside her body. Since her birth, she has undergone 28 surgeries. That is an average of one every month since she was born.
According to hospital records, Adalynn’s heart stopped twice over those 850 days, but somehow the little girl “has fought off countless potentially deadly complications.”
“Babies that are born the way she is don’t usually make it because they have so many problems,” Sevallos said.
“I never thought we were going to make it this far,” added Bryan Willett, Adalynn’s father. “I always hoped for it, but I never thought this day would come. It is a very exciting day.”
Adalynn is now saying goodbye to her Cook Children’s Medical Center family. The medical center is the only home she’s ever known.
Late Tuesday, Adalynn took her first steps outside the hospital with her father’s help. She was strapped into her first car seat for her first car ride, headed home to a new life with her mom and dad.