ROBERTSDALE, Alabama (WKRG) – A family in Baldwin County is asking for prayers this month as their two-year-old daughter prepares for a heart transplant. Evelyn Kubicz was born with a rare heart defect and now she’s on a waiting list, stuck in a Birmingham hospital until a match is found. She was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
“This is where her left ventricle didn’t form, so she had open heart surgery when she was 5 days old and had a second open heart surgery when she was 4 months old.” , said her mother, Jasmyn Kubicz.
Now, as of October 1, the Robertsdale family have been away from home while Evelyn is treated at Alabama Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. However, the process of finding a match is not easy.
“It’s pretty terrifying. There is always the possibility of rejecting a new heart and then having to think of another child who has to die for our child to live is really difficult, ”explained his mother.
She tells us that the doctors expect it to be a few months before a match is found and until then, Evelyn and her family wait patiently for each passing day.
“We really spend most of the day in his hospital room watching movies. We try to get her out of bed as much as possible, ”she said.
After the heart transplant, doctors say it will take several more months to heal. Right now, their goal is to focus on Evelyn’s health and find that match.
“During this year his heart failure just progressed extremely and rapidly. So many people have reached out and asked what they can do and it has been very heartwarming and we are just very, very grateful, ”she continued.
The family sells t-shirts and bracelets to help with medical expenses.