Aiedan Klein started experiencing seizures when she was in kindergarten. Her mom Melinda says the seizures can last anywhere from 3 seconds to 3 hours and unfortunately, a surgery and medications have failed to control the seizures, "They can kill her we do know that. It's not a happy thought but we know that God's going to give her time just like he gives everybody."
Melinda contacted Make-A-Wish about a year and a half ago, "When I got the initial paperwork it was November 2007 and she was lying possibly close to death we don't know for sure after a 4-hour seizure in a hospital bed and I found the Make-A-Wish website cause I was on our laptop trying to get out of the hospital room in a virtual way. It was probably 8 months before I filled it out because I thought it was just for the chance of giving up on her. Cause I thought Make-A-Wish was for specifically for terminal children."
Melinda soon found out that that was not the case, "I needed that extra little boost and it's for children that have life threatening conditions as well as those that are terminal."
Aeidan's parents chose a playstructure for the backyard that she could play on with her little sister Eliza. Melinda says, "It was the right fit for her cause we can't take her to a park. Well, we can, but she loves to run but she will run off and she will hug strangers, she'll go nuts in a park which is great to see her go nuts when she actually can but to have her in an enclosed space within our walls, so to say, it's much easier, autistic children tend to scream."
Aiedan's dad Virgil thinks they made an excellent decision, "The ladders are good for physical therapy, the gals see it and they can see more as a physical therapy aspect."
Aiedan can't express it verbally, but her mom knows that her daughter is thankful to Make-A-Wish, "She will forever be grateful. She goes running with her arms up in the air towards her equipment she just, she just gets this big smile and it was just such a perfect decision with all of her sicknesses a trip was just not an option."
Make-W-Wish now holds a special place in Melinda's heart, "It's incredible. There's just no way to explain it because it's just a feeling of acceptance and comfort and sheer love toward another human being. We didn't know any of these Make-A-Wish people before they just came into our lives and said here can we do this for you and you've just got to say yes sometimes."
Melinda says that she has grown accustomed to being the giver. That's why it felt unusual for her to be the taker in this situation. But she does have hopes of someday giving back to Make-A-Wish by volunteering to become a wish granter.
Over the past 26 years, Make-A-Wish Nebraska has granted more than 1600 wishes within the state of Nebraska.
If you'd like to join the Make-A-Wish Foundation call 800-760-WISH or log onto nebraska.wish.org
Coming up tomorrow...Lance wraps up make-a-wish week with an exciting Disney cruise.