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.

RGK

*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

Emily

Accidentally, I used a saying that has caught on among some of the readers of this blog. It is: “Some things are more important than others.” This is one of those posts.

Elaine Mittleman is an experienced and highly regarded lawyer who does a lot of federal criminal work. Some of you may recall her important guest post on this blog regarding plea bargaining, Missouri v. Frye, 566 U.S. __, 132 S.Ct. 1399 (2012), and Lafler v. Cooper, 566 U.S. __, 132 S.Ct. 1376 (2012).

Recently, Elaine sent me a link to a television news story about the daughter of her cousin who lives in Indiana. Emily is on the honor roll. She is going into seventh grade. Her mom is a teacher. So far, pretty normal. But what happened to Emily recently, and the great bit of reporting that followed, rekindles my belief that some things are more important than others. I urge you to view the TV new report here about Emily, her beeping companion “Bernie,” and the wonderful hospital that is treating Emily while also providing a unique extra service.

Thanks, Elaine. And, to Emily, let me say: “You are smart, funny, pretty, tough and very brave. By the way, tell ‘Bernie’ to take a hike or I will throw him in the slammer!”

RGK

Photo credit: WISHTV

Photo credit: WISHTV

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