Mother saves 9-year-old daughter’s life

Mother saves 9-year-old daughter's life (Image 1)

Michelle Browning spends her days and nights by her daughter's side. Her nine-year-old daughter Lexi Browning had a heart transplant on January 17.

Doctors may have given the little girl a second chance at life, but it is her own mother who saved it.

Last June, the family was at a friend's house when someone yelled “Lexi fell.”  Her mother, a nurse, didn't think much of it until she realized her young daughter was in full cardiac arrest.

“I knew immediately just from what she looked like that it was a serious situation that something bad had happened,” said Browning.

Browning's nursing skills kicked in and she performed life-saving CPR on her daughter.

Lexi was rushed to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where tests revealed she suffered from a rare heart condition called restrictive cardiomyopathy.

Doctors implanted a defibrillator and placed Lexi on the heart transplant list. They said it was her only chance of long-term survival. 

After waiting seven months on the transplant list, the family's prayers were answered.

“When we got that phone call, Lexi smiled really big and said do I get my heart today? I said yes and then she said but mom I'm scared.  I said, I'm scared too but we'll get through it together,” Browning told Nashville's News 2.

The little girl is doing well since her surgery two weeks ago and is recovering at the Ronald McDonald House.

Doctors say her prognosis is good.

The mother and daughter are looking forward to returning home to Woodbury.

Browning is sad for the other family who lost a life, but thankful they chose organ donation to give Lexi hers.

She hopes Lexi's story will inspire others to become organ donors.

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