ACH doctors describe baby’s miraculous survival


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – It’s a heart filled with love that needed some extra care from Arkansas Children’s Hospital. 

“We call it our Christmas miracle because Christmas day we had hope,” says Jerilyn Wasson.

In 2012, Jerilyn and Kenny Wasson welcomed their beautiful baby girl Emma into the world. 

But the miracle they’re talking about isn’t her birth, it’s her survival three months into her young life. 

“We actually went home and started planning her funeral,” says Jerilyn. 

Emma was diagnosed here at Arkansas Children’s hospital with a heart defect and Turner Syndrome, a genetic condition affecting only girls due to a missing X chromosome.

To put this in perspective, only one percent of fetuses live to term with this genetic condition. 

“No such thing as another patient like Emma and I suspect probably not,” says Dr. Brian Elbe, a pediatric cardiologist.

One of Emma’s doctors Brian Eble said he’s never seen a mixture of conditions quite like this little girl’s.

“Emma had lots of complications after all of her heart procedures that simply aren’t fixable but the fact that she survived them is nothing short of miraculous,” says Dr. Brian Elbe.

Despite Emma being chair bound and in need of round the clock care, her family says she wouldn’t be here without Children’s.

Dr. Eble like many others at ACH made a huge impact on Emma’s journey and her family. 

“They are the ones you cry with they are the ones you celebrate with…we still don’t view this place as children’s hospital we view it as our second home,” says Kenny.

Saturday night, Emma is being honored at the UA Little Rock Trojan Men’s basketball game and a portion of the ticket sales benefit the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. 

Visit and use the promo code ACH to purchase your seats. 

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