Locals rallying for critical infant
Haley Molloy survived more in her life than almost anyone, and she has only been alive 10 weeks.A 10 week old Vail baby, Molloy survived two open heart surgeries in her first two and a half months of life. The tiny infant and her family have been at Denver’s Children’s Hospital in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit for the last three weeks. Beating long odds for one such a short life, Haley astonished doctors with her progress, but still faces years of treatments and a probable heart transplant.”She’s at home and we’re thankful she’s where she is, and that includes so many ways,” said Haley’s mother Trish Molloy. “She’s such an absolute miracle.”Local community members and the Vail Valley Charitable Fund are working together to create a fundraiser event: “Hearts for Haley,” 6 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2004, at the Vail Marriott. The event will help the family cope with the skyrocketing medical costs for her care and the cost of future heart operations not covered by their insurance.
The event will include a wine tasting organized by Beaver Liquors, music by Johnnie Mogombo, food by local restaurants and caterers, and silent and live auctions featuring destination trips, chef’s dinners, fashion and gift items, a pet portrait by renowned local artist Suzanne Schirra, and numerous door prizes.”We’re so incredibly thankful to live here in a community where people rally to help one another,” said Trish. “We’ve always marveled at the way they’ve come together to help each other, and they’re doing it again to help us. We cannot express how grateful we are.”Molloy was diagnosed at birth with several heart defects. Her first surgery, at three days old, repaired her aorta. Doctors left a hole in her ventricle, hoping it would repair on its own. That did not happen and doctors were forced to operate again on May 27 to close the hole in her heart. During the second open heart surgery, doctors discovered an additional defect, an ALCAPA (anomalous left coronary artery arising from the pulmonary artery) while operating.What should have been a four hour operation turned into a 12 hour ordeal. When they were finished, doctors told Haley’s family she would not survive the night. Her tiny body’s life support system consisted of nine tubes, four pacemaker wires and a ventilator. Bruised and swollen, Haley Molloy was placed on the emergency heart transplant list and showed little improvement for three days. Since that time she has shown small daily improvements. Her doctors say Haley’s survival is a miracle.
“She’s on medications that are keeping her going,” said Trish. “Doctors are tracking her progress, and they’ve been phenomenal. Her medications aren’t really experimental, but they are new for infants. The doctors tell us to be cautiously optimistic, and take it day by day.”Haley’s parents, Trish and Spencer Molloy have lived in the Vail Valley for more than 10 years. Their son Nate turns 2 years old this week. Since the operation on May 27, the family has been in Denver, spending most nights at the hospital with Haley. Family and friends have flown in from as far as New Zealand to be with them. A fund has been set up at First Bank to help with immediate needs (the Haley Molloy Fund) and the “Hearts for Haley” fundraiser is a local effort to help raise funds for the transplant.”Nuns in New Zealand are saying the Rosary, Buddhists are chanting, churches are praying,” said Trish. “People we haven’t spoken to in years have come out of the woodwork to help in any way they can. It’s always been that way.”Tax deductible donations are accepted by the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Donations should be sent to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, with Haley Molloy’s name in the memo line. Send donations to VVCF, P.O. Box 3861, Eagle, CO 81631.
6 p.m. Thursday, July 8Vail MarriottHaley Malloy’s family needs help with the rising medical costs for her care and the cost of future heart operations not covered by their insurance.Tickets are $50 for adults, $15 for teenagers, kids under 12 free. Buy tickets at Luca Bruno in Vail (970) 479-0050, Beaver Liquors in Avon (970) 949-5040 and the Marble Slab in Edwards (970) 766-SLAB. For more information call the Vail Valley Charitable Fund at (970) 748-0868.
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