Milwaukee mom Sherrell Rushing named her baby Diamond, and for good reason. Diamond was born with a rare combination of congenital heart defects. But Sherrell hoped that, like a real diamond, her baby Diamond would be unbreakable.
Until now, Diamond Spears has spent nearly all of her 21 months in the ICU at Children’s Hospital. Recently, Sherrell finally got to take her baby girl home for the first time, WITI reports.
“It was a couple times that I was worried that she wasn’t going to make it,” Sherrell told WITI.
Diamond has had to undergo heart surgeries and has endured fluid in her lungs and bleeding on her brain. For the majority of one year, she lived on a ventilator. Sherrell says she owes her daughter’s survival to the doctors and nurses at the hospital, who have now become like family.
“I spent a lot of nights crying here,” Sherrell said. “I spent a lot of nights praying here.”
“To my knowledge, we’ve never had anyone in the hospital for almost two full years,” Dr. Jake Scott said.
After 618 days in the ICU, Diamond was finally discharged. A few weeks ago, she left the hospital doors for the first time in her short life.
“I don’t know if she know that today we’re going home! I’m so excited. I don’t even know what to tell you,” Sherrell said at the time.
Diamond is now busy adjusting to her new life at home. Wires and monitors have been replaced by tummy time on the floor.
Still, Sherrell has to take Diamond to Children’s Hospital several times a month, and she has to keep track of Diamond’s medicine and feeding tubes. It’s a difficult task for a single mom with two older kids, so she set up a GoFundMe page to help with expenses.
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