February 18th started like any other day. My beautiful niece, Sammy, had been in the hospital since the 16th. Prior to the 16th no one knew anything was wrong with her. She woke up with swollen limbs, and my sister rushed her to the hospital to find out why. For two days, the doctors told my sister that her daughter’s heart condition was beyond repair. From one hospital to the next, my sister was in search of a better trained hospital and a more favorable prognosis.
Every time my sister told me there was no hope, I refused to believe it. Some might say I was in denial. After all, she was healthy or so I thought. I prayed constantly and asked my friends to do the same. There were leagues of people praying for one little girl to overcome her ailments.