Published on June 24, 2015
Make-A-Wish granted for local child
The Brunswick News
She didn’t speak a word, but the gleam in her eye as she climbed to the top of her new playset said it all.
Delilah Mulling is only 7, but she has been through more surgeries than most can imagine.
All of her hardships were rewarded as she slid down the winding green slide that was part of the playset provided to her by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The rambunctious little girl with pigtail braids and severe autism was born with gastroschisis.
“She had kinks in her intestine when she was born which caused her to have short blood supply,” said Kymberly Mulling, her mother.
The doctors began to realize that the newborn had more problems than they first realized, including severe short bowel syndrome. While most people have multiple feet of small intestine, Mulling didn’t, her mother said.
“She only had 8 centimeters of small intestine,” Mulling said.
Due to the many issues she faced with her intestines, she was put on total parenteral nutrition, or TPN, until she received transplants at 10 months-old. This means that Mulling was fed all of the nutrients she needed to survive through a needle.
Before she was even a year old, Mulling had undergone numerous organ transplants.
“She got the call April 28, 2009,” Mulling said.
Mulling had both the small and large intestines, liver, pancreas, stomach and spleen transplanted. The surgery lasted 13 1/2 hours.
“And she did great,” Mulling said happily, glancing towards her child eating a Popsicle.
Most people are required to stay in the hospital for six months after a surgery like the one Mulling endured.
Other than a bout with double pneumonia and e.coli, she recovered amazingly. In just 3 1/2 months, Mulling was able to take her child home from the hospital in Miami.
The family was considered for Make-A-Wish during one of the few returns to the hospital when Mulling began to reject her transplants.
Mulling’s mother decided to wait to see what she was interested in before submitting her wish.
As she got older, Mulling realized her daughter was energetic and athletic. She needed an outlet for her energy far more than meeting a celebrity or going on vacation.
“Delilah loves to play,” Mulling said. “She’s about 100 mph all day long.”
Mulling began the paperwork last August to have a wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
She asked for a playset.
“She would benefit with something here that she could interact with,” Mulling said.
That is where the local Make-A-Wish group came in to grant Delilah’s wish.
“That’s a beautiful playset that she’s going to use for years and years to come,” said Janice Johnson, Make-A-Wish representative.
Boxes of parts for the playset arrived on Monday.
“The playset arrived on her birthday,” Mulling said with enthusiasm.
“Make-A-Wish, it’s well known throughout and all over, but we haven’t had that many here in Glynn County, that’s what’s exciting about it,” said Mallery Halley, Make-A-Wish representative.
Although Delilah Mulling could not say it herself, everyone in attendance could tell she loved her gift, that Make-A-Wish had come through. She can now climb, slide and swing throughout the summer continuing to make memories for many years to come.