By CALEB SLINKARD
When she was born, Destiny Green was given six months to live because of her underdeveloped intestinal system. Earlier this week, the 11-year-old began sixth grade.
Destiny’s life is a testament to her powerful spirit, the dedication and sacrifice of her parents, Christie and Troy Wright, and the importance of organ donation.
Destiny underwent a multi-organ transplant shortly after her first birthday, receiving four organs including a new stomach and pancreas.
“[The doctor] gave her six months to live, and they tried to get me to take her home with hospice on IV nutrition, and I did some research and found a little girl in Canada who had the same thing and had a multiple organ transplant and was doing well,” Christie said.
There was no facility in the Dallas/Fort Worth area willing to pursue the transplant, so the Wrights began a journey that took them to Pittsburgh, Pa. They stayed in Pittsburgh for four years. Destiny received her multiple organ transplant after four months, and later a kidney transplant after her kidneys were damaged from her IV.
Christie has not been able to contact Destiny’s organ donors, but is amazed by their families’ sacrifice.
“I can’t even imagine having to do that, period,” she said. “But for them to be so selfless and to think that, even though they can’t keep their babies, to save somebody else, it’s amazing. They have to be tough. This is their anniversary as well.”
The Wrights will be holding a celebration and fundraiser for Destiny today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the showroom of Discount Wheel & Tire, 4609 Wesley Street. They will “release balloons to heaven” as a celebration for the 10-year anniversary of the multiple organ transplant, something that Destiny greatly enjoys. They will also raise money through a bake sale, and Christie hopes to increase awareness of the need and importance of organ donation.
“There are good things happening,” she said in reference to organ transplants. “You just don’t hear about it everyday.”
Life is still a challenge for Destiny. Earlier this week she had a procedure to open up her esophagus, which closes down from time to time and prevents her from eating. She still receives IV medication and an IV, and is on immune system suppressors, which often requires her parents to pull her out of school so she can complete her school work at home. She dealt with multiple blood clots this summer.
“She is still complicated, and she looks like she’s 6 or 7,” Christie said.
Her frequent hospital trips require understanding employers. Christie works as a manager at Taco Casa when she can, and Troy was hired at Discount Wheel & Tire with the understanding of Destiny’s condition.
“We try to keep him going, because someone needs to pay the bills,” Christie said.
Despite the difficulties, the Wrights keep a positive attitude, inspired by Destiny herself.
“I can’t imagine a day without her,” Christie said. “She’s a character. She doesn’t meet a stranger; she’ll talk your ear off. Destiny loves the spotlight, dancing and music. And, she loves food.”
Another miracle, considering that initially doctors warned Christie that Destiny would never be able to eat.
But, then again, Destiny has been proving doctors wrong for more than a decade now.