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Sophia's Wish to Go to Disneyland

Sophia's wish to go to Disneyland

“ [Sophia's] wish put her at the center of attention in the best way possible. ”

  • Sophia , 3

    • liver transplant
    • I wish to go to Disneyland

It is so hard to ask a three year old to be patient. But Sophia’s mom, Katie, got used to saying “Disneyland isn’t ready for you yet” during the months Sophia was confined at home, connected to round-the-clock oxygen. 

Sophia's wish to go to Disneyland

After a liver transplant, Sophia’s body struggled—rejecting it twice, and preventing her from gaining weight. All the while, she knew her condition was keeping her from doing things other kids did. 

Sophia's wish to go to Disneyland

While isolated and unable to leave the house outside of her doctor and hospital visits, she found consolation in Disney movies and TV shows. She began talking about her upcoming wish trip to go to Disneyland almost every week.

Sophia's wish to go to Disneyland

In February, one year after her liver transplant and after being confined at home for so long, Katie finally got to tell her daughter “yes” to everything she asked to do.  

Sophia's wish to go to Disneyland

“The wish gave her a chance to now say ‘Hey, I’ve been there! Or, I did that mommy!’” It also made Sophia the center of attention, but not in the way she was used to, for her health. 

Sophia's wish to go to Disneyland

Says Katie, “her wish put her at the center of attention in the best way possible. It was a lovely break from our reality to see her treated in such a special way, but for it to have nothing to do with doctors or check ups.”


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