Lukah loves to swim, dance, run and play with her siblings. She has a huge imagination and loves to be outside. And at just one year old, Lukah was the first girl in Canada to receive a multi-organ transplant, which saved her life. Now, starting kindergarten is her newest and most fun adventure.
Lukah is the bravest and strongest girl, according to her mom Tanis.
At just 11 months old, doctors discovered a large, benign tumour the size of a grapefruit that was wrapped around multiple organs in Lukah’s body. After she received surgery to remove the tumour, Lukah was flown by air ambulance to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. As a national leader in organ transplantation and the most specialized children’s hospital in Western Canada, Lukah’s family knew she was in good hands at the Stollery.
“When we arrived via air-ambulance to the Stollery for the first time, we were told our daughter had 24 hours of life left. Instead, she received the most intentional and specialized care and was able to wait seven weeks in the PICU before receiving her transplant.” – Tanis and Dakota, Lukah’s parents.
Lukah recovered in the Hospital for four months after a long and intense surgery where she received a multi-organ transplant and a new life.
Her family is so grateful for the care Lukah and their family received while at the Stollery. And Lukah’s family still visits the Hospital annually for a day of exams and appointments — and to say hello to their Stollery family.