“From then on I decided I was going to stick with this kid while she was there,” Wilson said.
Wilson signed on to be the infant’s primary nurse at night, a first for the young RN. For the next several months, she advocated for Everly as the diminutive infant kept repeatedly beating the odds and conquering obstacles.
“She loved our daughter as if she was her own,” Paterson wrote. “She provided care for her as if her own life depended on it. She supported us, and more importantly challenged my wife and I to fight harder, in a way that you would expect family to do.”
After Everly’s 10-month hospital stay and fight for survival, an array of doctors and specialists have been overwhelmed by the child’s recovery and good health.
“Amber and I both know to whom we owe everything, from the fateful night after Everly’s first surgery though every unprecedented event thereafter,” Paterson wrote, “that has been a constant presence aimed at helping Everly defy all the odds stacked against her: Trish Wilson.”
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