Waiting for Two Miracles

March 31, 2020
Topics: Donors, Heart (cardiology), Riley Kid Story

Teddy and Amie blog photo

Amie Hastings is all too familiar with living in the unknown, waiting for a miracle.

Her 7-year-old son, Giancarlo “Teddy” Gomez, has been waiting for a heart transplant since last September at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Now, Amie is hoping for a financial miracle too. She just lost her job in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

Amie worked as a manager in a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. It was her main source of income to provide for Teddy and his brother, Paolo. The owners were forced to lay off employees including Amie after Indiana’s restaurants closed to dine-in customers. “I don’t know how I’m going to pay my bills,” Amie said. She estimates she’ll receive about $121 per week in unemployment pay. She used up her savings after Teddy was admitted to Riley and she went from two jobs down to one. “If I’m choosing between my kids eating or paying an electricity bill, I’m going to feed my kids,” she said. “I’m in survival mode. I can’t stress about what is out of my control.” 

Amie has considered trying to find work at a grocery store, but she is increasingly worried about exposure to coronavirus. Teddy is in fragile health as he awaits his “hero heart” at Riley, and the risk of him becoming infected terrifies her. She does find encouragement, however, in knowing that the newly created Riley Relief Fund will help bridge financial gaps for families like hers. “I am grateful that people are willing to step up and give in this time of need. I know everyone is going through a lot. For a person to take from what they have and give to others―it means a lot to those of us going through these hard times.” 

The Riley Relief Fund provides emergency assistance to Riley families affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The fund also helps Riley Hospital address emerging health care needs related to the virus. Donate now at RileyKids.org/Relief. 

*All emergency aid will be administered by Riley Children’s Health through Social Work and other relevant programs. 

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