Great news: Emily ditched Bernie

Emily does her school work while nasty old Bernie looks on--he's gone now

Photo from last year: Emily does her school work while nasty old Bernie looks (and beeps)  on.

Last year, I posted about an extraordinary young girl who is related to my correspondent, Elaine Mittleman. Elaine is an experienced and highly regarded lawyer who does a lot of federal criminal work. Emily is in seventh grade. Overcoming nearly overwhelming obstacles, she is on the honor roll. This courageous kid* maintains her schooling despite being hospitalized seemingly forever while her little heart fails her. Until now, she has been kept alive by “Bernie” while awaiting a heart transplant.

On Friday, Emily received her new heart and kicked Bernie to the curb. Some things are truly more important than others, and this wonderful news is among the most important.


*Attached find her journal around the time of the transplant. Scroll down to the beginning to see her thoughts prior to the transplant. What a tough and funny young lady! Duck Dynasty before transplant? Emily’s journal 3.16.14 – 3.22.14

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