The Ultimate Mothers Day Gift - Aria MacDonald

The Ultimate Mothers Day Gift


They are finishing up and Aria has remained stable thru out.  Will update more after we have spoken to the surgeon.


The donor organs have been removed and they are starting to sew the new ones in.  Wow this is were the hard work starts.

2pm Update

They have open her up and have started removing her old donor organs, Aria is doing good, went to sleep very well.

Thank you Hamish for your lovely post, very kind.

We went in this morning and Aria gave me lots of smilies and gave me my mothers day present of a cook book and homemade goodies.  She was very excited to give it to me and help me open it.

Today is a big day.  Someone has given me the ultimate mothers day gift and that is the donation of their child’s organs. Aria will go down to surgery at 11am US central time.

My heart is heavy and I feel sick to be honest.  There are two donor mums out there, one whose pain is fresh and raw and other one whose pain is probably not so fresh but still raw I can only imagine.

I wish we didn’t have to do this but there is no other way.  It feels like we just got her back with her smilies and interaction and now we hand her back.  It is desperately hard.

Asher is spending the day with Brad and Stephanie- thanks guys for taking him, perfect timing.

Please pray for her surgeon and the outcome of today.  Please pray for Aria’s body as it is about to go thru something huge.  Please pray for Hamish and I as we wait.  Finally please pray for the donor families for peace during this time of pain.

55 Responses to “The Ultimate Mothers Day Gift”

  1. Erika White says:

    I’m speechless… Praying hard all day long! Happy Mother’s Day Anita – you are amazing!! :)

  2. Alice says:

    Praying hard for Aria and your family.I hope these will be the perfect organs for sweet and brave Aria.

    Keeping donor´s families in my heart.

    Alice (Martim´s mum)

  3. Brian and Sandra says:

    How amazing and what incredible timing. Hugely sad for the donor’s family and along with Aria and everyone else involved, in our thoughts and prayers. Aria will be back again soon with her beautiful smiles and character.
    Our love as always

  4. EVE GILKES says:

    I am with you as far as is possible, as I have not walked your road, so do not know really what it is like, I can only imagine, and that is bad enough. I lift you all before the throne of our living God and place you fairly and squarely in His hands ……. there is no better place to be.
    With my love and prayers.
    God bless you as only He can.

  5. joyce says:

    Will be in much prayer today for Aria and you both and especially for the parents who are giving you such a perfect Mothers Day gift.May you have the peace of the Lord as you wait and the confidence he is in control.Aria is going in stronger than before
    so I pray her recovery will be easier.

  6. Ali/nerdygirl says:

    Yay! So happy to hear. But you are right, so sad at the same time. Can’t wait to hear the good result.

    Love Ali xoxo

  7. Marybeth says:

    Good luck to her, she is still in my thoughts and prayers!!

  8. Fran & Dan says:

    What a bitter sweet time for you xxxx
    We are thinking of you and my family back in England are also.
    All our love xxxx

  9. Jes Sonneveld says:

    Will be thinking and praying for you all especially today. May God guide the hands of the surgeons. Love to you all and especially to Aria.xx.

  10. Genevieve/Paws says:

    Will be praying for you guys, the medical team and for the families who have been so generous through their pain. xxx

  11. Lou says:

    Praying for you guys….wow…a real answer to prayer but I know you have lots of mixed feelings. May God give you strength….love you lots xo

  12. Shirley Davy says:

    Oh we are so with you in prayer over here. We share the tears of this dear family in their grief and tears of wonderment at their generosity…and tears for you guys as you love each other and wait. Dear Lord be with the medical team and with Aria. X

  13. Nicole says:

    Happy and sad tears streaming down my face right now. Praying for you guys still.

  14. Janina says:

    Hey Anita xo Yesterday we heard a sermon on Hannah’s prayer of praise. God’s timing is always perfect, trust in His faithfulness! He loves you all so much. Love you Aria!! Praying for you all so much xox

  15. Lisa Robertson says:

    Woke up to see Hamish’s post, then yours Anita. Wow. Sending you all my love today, Aria will be at the forefront of my thoughts today. How wonderful that your day began with those beautiful smiles from both of your children. Anita you are a remarkable mother, mothers day is about selfless, loving mums just like you. Hold tight to each other today. Xxxxx

  16. NZ FOLLOWER says:

    All our prayers and best wishes are with all those involved today. From darling Aria, to the doctors and nurses, to your whole extended family and to the parents of those who donated organs. May this be the most wonderful Mother’s Day ever.

  17. Jaime says:

    really hope ths goes well for you all. an awesome mothers day gift for a very deserving mum xx

  18. Lisa says:

    Best wishes, thinking of oyu all and the donor families

  19. Leticia says:

    May this be the best Mothers Day gift ever. Praying for peace for Little Aria as she endures this again. Praying for you two, may God richly bless you with his peace and understanding. Much love xx

  20. Lisa says:

    All the best for you all today! I’ll be thinking of you, Aria and the medical team all day today.
    Love to you all
    Lisa xx

  21. Julia aka j-j says:

    We’re praying, we’ve never stopped praying Anita. We’re rejoicing with you on the organs, we’re crying with you for the families that have lost their beloved and we’re praying like anything for this to be the answer and for Aria to pull through this and come out the other side. xoxox

  22. Rolf and Helen says:

    Prayers and thoughts for all concerned. We will be with you all day! Love to you all.

  23. Greg Vawter says:

    Anita/Hamish, prayers said for Dr. Grant and her team, you both, and Aria.

    Let the Lord do the work now.


  24. kelsie byford says:

    i hope everything goes perfectly! praying for u guys,aria and the wonderful surgeons as they perform the surgery. happy mothers day anita!! bless ur heart..:)

  25. Joanne says:

    Wow, what a mother’s day gift! Thinking of you all and sending prayers as always. Wishing you the best outcome for the huge day ahead xxx

  26. Nola Young says:

    the Lord keep your hearts in perfect peace as you stay your mind on Him through this day. Keeping you all in our prayers knowing that our loving Father will work all things out for His glory and for your good. He loves you dearly even as we do, longing for the outcome that we desire but knowing that His outcome will be perfect. Much love and hugs “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word). IN God I have put my trust; I will not fear” Ps 56: 3,4 also v8 10,11

  27. Lauren says:

    Praying for you guys. Our thoughts go out to Aria, and you Hamish & Asher, and to the donor family too. xx

  28. Katrina says:

    What good news to see when I came online this morning. Will be praying for you all and the donor family. As I read your post I was thinking about what awesome timing God has. It seems Aria has been doing really well health wise and was at a good stage for transplant. God Bless you all.

  29. Lorraine says:

    Holding you all in my heart, sending strength and loving energy as the next chapter begins in your brave wee angel’s life.

  30. Donna Wallis says:

    Thats Awesome to hear Aria is already getting new Organs,
    Thinking of you all today, and Thinking of the family who has given this most amazing gift.
    kia Kaha Miss Aria.
    God bless

  31. joyce says:

    Thanks for taking the time to keep us up on progress
    Praying for all.

  32. Liz says:

    Thinking of you all today.
    Go Aria!
    What an amazing little lady she is.

  33. Deborah says:

    Thanks for the update, continuing to pray…

  34. Sue (dodgums) says:

    Oh WOW WOW WOW for you guys and the other families. Will be praying today for you all. Keep hanging in there. Bless you all

  35. ninny1 says:

    Nothing to say but praying………..

  36. David & Jill Marshall says:

    We are praying for you all, and especially for you, Anita and Hamish, that God’s peace that passes all understanding will be yours today, as you wait, casting all your care on Him, because He cares for you.

  37. Sheryl says:

    Thinking of you, praying hard for Aria and her surgeons. And for the family who have made this day possible by making the hardest decision in a very sad time. xxx

  38. jeannie overall says:

    Sounds like the Lord is in a hurry to get this all done! WOW! Many prayers all across the globe being sent up for you all, and for the families who have lost their wee ones but still wish to help you even in their sorrows. What a mighty God we have! Breathe in His presence! God bless you all on this next part of the journey.
    Love – Jeannie

  39. Vanessa says:

    Dear Anita,Hamish,Aria and Asher and the Donar Families, God has you all in the palm of His hand. He knows exactly what each one of you need at this time.

    I pray that God’s strength,grace and comfort surrounds you in a very real and practical way right now.

    Praying. With love Vanessa

  40. Ruth says:

    Praying for a wonderful outcome, very fast and miraculous recovery and strength to sustain you right now!! xx

  41. Erin says:

    We think of your family every day, but so much more so today and over the next few days. Wishing everyone involved, especially the donor family, strength, peace and healing. Recover quickly, beautiful Aria.

    all the best,
    Erin, Ben and Blaise

  42. Samantha Sutherland says:

    Oh wow! So, this will be one mothers day that you will never forget! Hamish, your post was so hearfelt and beautiful and Anita is lucky to have her best friend as her partner in life and you both show each other so much respect and love.

    Anita, firstly, Happy Mothers Day, you are one of the most outstanding and dedicated and loving mothers i have ever met and how beautiful that the child who made you a mother in the first place, was able to give you lovely smiles and joy this morning.

    I know how very hard this must be for you today – there is hope, joy, love and fear, sadness and distress. There is a family out there grieving, devastated over the loss of a special child and yet there is new life being given to your child. Bittersweet for you. Thinking of you all during this time of waiting and grateful to Aria for being a strong wee girl and showing her love for you with lots of smiles. Hang in there xxx

  43. fiona says:

    wow what a big day- thinking of and praying for you all- 3 families with huge things to cope with- may God be very near to you all

  44. Andrew C says:

    I just heard about the surgery going ahead now. I’m praying for you guys and wish you the best. Praise God for everything he has done in her little life so far, He is good.

  45. Lyaine says:

    wow, last thing I saw was Hamish’s post, then when I l9onged on just now, to see this post is awesome, God i sso good. May god with everyone involved,yourselves, aria, surgeons and of course with the family of the donor as they are greiving the loss of a little one.Please keep all these people in your hands and guide the surgeons hans today. Amen.

  46. Alicia says:

    So exciting! :) My family and friends are definitely keeping your family, Aria, and the blessed family who’s child gave Aria this gift in our prayers.

  47. Natalie and Cody says:

    Hey guys am with you in spirit and praying that all goes well and that this time Aria recovers quickly and without complications – big hugs guys you are awesome

  48. Jen Rath says:

    Fantastic! So excited for you all! Happy Mother’s Day Anita. Praying for you all.

  49. Sarah Tennant says:

    Praying for you! How amazing that the organs came in today.

  50. Belinda - Liver family says:

    Oh my gosh! Amazing!!!! I’m praying for all of you, and the donnor family.

  51. Lisa says:

    Thank you for the update, so glad to hear Aria has been stable throughout, I can’t imagine the day you have all had, I’ve been so nervous all day for you, checking the computer every chance I get.
    All the best for the long night ahead, I hope Aria and yourselves manage to get some rest.
    Thinking of you
    Lisa xx

  52. Tiffany Keller says:

    I pray Aria remains stable throughout, that the organs will stay clear of any infections, & that her body will accept her new organs! I pray that God would give you peace, strength, &comfort! I also pray that He would show His great love for you, & show you His healing hands, by making Aria heal quickly & wonderfully! God Bless!

  53. Judy Palmer says:

    Hi Anita and Hamish, this is the first chance I have had to check my computer, so have just caught up with this wonderful news. When I woke this morning the first one I thought of was Aria so I prayed for strength for her, not knowing how relevant that was. Praying you all have a good night and that Aria is stable.
    We sure have a wonderful God with perfect timing. Paying also for the donor family.

  54. jen says:

    praying these ones do the trick
    Im so excited to read that she has had her transplant already

  55. Celia & Tony Astell says:

    Hamish and Anita, You have shown yet again the power and strength of parents love for their child. You are such special people and Aria is so lucky to have you as her parents. She has shown such tenacity, courage and strength herself. How else could she have come so far after going through so much? We pray for Aria’s swift and successful recovery so that you will be able to enjoy those gorgeous smiles and many cuddles once again.
    With love Celia and Tony

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