When Donielle found out she was pregnant, she was overjoyed and excited! Donielle went to her first ultrasound anxious to hear all the good news about the pregnancy but that excitement turned to fear when she was told to see the OBGYN asap. There was a problem with her baby – Gastroschisis. Donielle was in a state of shock, incredibly upset and in tears when she found out that this birth defect meant that the baby’s intestines are outside the body through a hole beside the belly button. Instead of giving up, Donielle found her inner strength and turned to the power of prayer for the best possible outcome. When Mackenzie was born, she went through a six hour operation to removed her twisted intestines resulting in a condition called short bowel syndrome. When faced with more problems and health issues, Donielle became stronger and an inspiration. Mackenzie is now 4 years old and has been in surgery 11 times and hospitalized 35 times. Donielle is a single mother who has stayed by her daughter’s side during each and every hospitalization which means it is impossible to be at work. But because of her inner strength and her beliefs, Donielle has found a way to work full-time to provide for herself and her daughter. At times, Donielle has to pick up extra work to provide for Mackenzie when the medical bills get too high. She is a wonderful mother with her love, strength and determination.
Donielle has become an inspiration to everyone at the Dr. Nandi offices and is truly one of our Health Heroes!
Watch her tell her personal journey below.