NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Nashville mom received a gift that keeps on giving 10 years ago.
Ashelie Davis was a fairly healthy teenager, but when she was just 20 years old she was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy.
“My heart was really, really weak. It made me really weak,” Davis told Media General contributors on Valentine’s Day, which shares the day with National Donor Day.
It turned out to be genetic, she learned her family has history of Cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure.
Doctors told her she needed a heart transplant to survive.
Davis had just had her daughter, Amia, when she was diagnosed.
“I was just really wanting to be here for my family… It’s agonizing not knowing if you’re going to be here another day,” she said.
Davis said she couldn’t walk or even lift her head without help. She told contributors she would think “Oh Lord, is today my last day? Will I get help?”
After a complicated process and short wait on the transplant list, she got a new heart on Dec. 14, 2005.
Davis, now 31, went on to get married and have two more children.
“I’m very grateful to have been able to create a family. I’ve been able to get married, I’ve been able to have my children. I’ve been able to continue to live a close to normal life,” she said.
Meeting the family of the donor is a dream of hers.
“I have my life now because of someone who cared enough to help me,” she said. “I’ve really just bonded with this heart and I feel strongly that their family is my family.”
Davis’ story is like so many others who have been given life through organ donation.
On National Donor Day, Feb. 14, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is bringing awareness to organ donation.
More than 120,000 names are on the waiting list to get a lifesaving organ transplant.