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Post Falls 4-year-old gets life-saving transplant

POST FALLS, Idaho - There have been a lot of nevers in Alexandria Cresci's life.

The four-year-old has never been able to go play at the park. She's never been to a movie with her family. She's never gotten to leave her home, unless it's to go see a doctor. 

That's all going to change. 

The little girl recently got the thymus transplant she's been waiting for. 

Alexandria was born without the lymphoid organ that creates mature T lympocytes. Those are the white cells that help the immune system fight off illnesses. 

Her parents, A.J. And Kayla Cresci, said their daughter's official diagnosis in 2016 was complete DiGeorge syndrome.

This spring, the Cresci family got the call they'd been dreaming about.

 Duke University Hospital, in North Carolina, had a match for the Post Falls child. Kayla told KXLY4 that her daughter was only the 100th child at the prestigious hospital to get the transplant. Duke is the only facility in the country that offers this transplant.

All five members of the Cresci family flew to North Carolina for free thanks to AeroAngel. The nonprofit is dedicated to flying medically fragile kids to their procedures. Alexandria's condition was too extreme for her to fly commercially. The nonprofit is currently accepting donations to bring the North Idaho family home and to help other families.

Alexandria was the focus of KXLY4's Miracle Monday segment. Rewatch that story here.


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