On May 21, 2009, Isabella Coffee underwent testing at Kosair Children’s Hospital to find out why the 2-year-old had stopped having bowel movements. A CT scan of the toddler’s abdomen revealed a large tumor on Isabella’s adrenal gland. She was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, Stage 2b. It was heartbreaking news for the Coffee family.
Dr. Vinod Bilasa helped Alethea and Thom wade through the unchartered waters of the Oncology Unit, while Nurse Lindsay Nalley provided the warmth, comfort and helping hand that they desperately needed. Isabella underwent surgery to remove the tumor. Luckily, doctors were able to remove all of the cancer. After eight days at Kosair, Isabella returned home.
“While we wanted Isabella to get well and a miracle was our desire, we also knew that God might have other plans. We left her care to Kosair’s Hospital and her healing to the Lord. Many people in Shelbyville and all over the world prayed for Isabella’s recovery. Today, she is a healthy three-year-old who still returns to Kosair’s Hospital for check-ups and scans regularly. Because of the love and support we received, we try to minister to other families whose children are afflicted with this terrible illness. It’s our way of giving a little back to Kosair Children’s Hospital.”
The Coffee Family
Thom, Alethea, Isabella & Eliza