Heart transplant

Community rally in support of Wellington’s 10-year-old girl who needs a heart transplant

WELLINGTON, Kansas (KSNW) – The Wellington community is rallying around a 10-year-old girl.
Eliza Conwell is like most ten-year-olds.

“(I like) listening to music, cooking, relaxing,” Eliza said with a laugh.

However, unlike most children, she struggles with Holmes’ Heart, a life-threatening heart condition.

‘She was born with half a heart. She only has the right side of her heart working, and then the plumbing between her heart and her lungs was kind of scrambled and miswired,’ Trish Conwell said , Eliza’s mother.

During her short life, Eliza underwent eight heart operations. Her first operation took place when she was only seven weeks old. Now she needs a heart transplant.

“I’m scared,” Eliza said.

On Thursday, September 29, she will be added to the list of active transplants.

“Right now she’s in a healthy enough position to be classified as a two, which means she’s a bit lower on the list. There are kids who need a heart earlier than that. her, but if there’s a perfect match for her, then obviously she would have received it,” Conwell explained.

The call could come at any time, sending them to Colorado for the transplant.

“We’ll probably be here for at least six months if all goes according to plan,” Conwell said.

To help offset the costs, the Wellington Regent Theater is showing Eliza’s favorite movie ‘Happy Feet’ this weekend as part of a fundraiser.

“We’re really lucky to have a community that truly loves us and surrounds us with love,” Conwell said.

The final screening will be Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m. at the Regent Theater at 114 W. Lincoln Ave. Wellington, Kan. Donations are based on you; all proceeds will go towards Eliza’s medical expenses.

If you missed the fundraiser, you can support the family here.