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A Child’s Birthday Wish Becomes A Christmas Tradition

In 1995 new baby was born into the Dom family.

They named her Kendra Sue.

Unfortunately the celebration of her birth was dampened when they learned that baby Kendra suffered from a very rare heart defect.

Ken Desser finds will be on that couple of months was uncertain…

Visits to specialists at the University of Minnesota followed. Tests, medical procedures, more tests.

Finally as autumn came around an emotional team of doctors told the parents that was nothing more that they could do. They recommended to bring Kendra home and to prepare the best Christmas ever as it would likely be Kendra’s first and last.

In preparation for her coming home the parents talked with their three-year-old son Jacob. They tried as best as possible to explain how serious the situation was and that his sister would most likely die soon.

Did he understand? Comprehend?

When is October 24 birthday, when he would turn four, drew close they asked him what he wanted for his birthday.

“A Christmas tree… for Kendra…”

This year on October 24 the family put up the Christmas tree.

The celebrated Jacobs per se. Then Thanksgiving; being grateful for the time they had together. Then Christmas…

The day started to get longer again this winter passed

Every day was an unknown; they never knew if they would wake up to Kendra’s smile or…

“When I look back on those days I am amazed that we were able to make it through.

I am not sure how we did it.

I guess we did it because there was nothing else we could do”
— Cammie, Kendra’s mother

As she continued to go along and to gain strength Kendra started to undergo many surgeries.

When fall came around again and it was times for Jacobs fifth birthday it only seemed natural to put up another Christmas tree. They kept it up all the way through Kendra second Christmas, something everyone had hoped and prayed for but nobody thought would happen.

Their lives have been filled with unexpected miracles; the first birthday, second Christmas… and now the doctors told of one more possible miracle.

The University of Minnesota have developed a new procedure. It had never been tried before. But if it was successful it could save Kendra’s Life.

The only way to know was to try it….

Building on the faith that had already supported them all this time they decided to go through with it.

The experiment what goes to great success; Kendra has become the first person ever to survive her rare heart condition. Her success is part of ongoing research at the University and she regularly goes back for checkups.

Kendra and Jacob are now teenagers.

This October, as all the passed years, a Christmas tree was erected on Jacob’s birthday.

What was feared to be a one-time gesture has grown into a family’s Christmas tradition.