LONDON, Ohio (WCMH) – An Ohio girl who touched the hearts of many after her family organized a ‘bucket list’ for her just a few months ago has died.
Three-year-old Shiann Lockhart had been fighting for her life since the day she was born. The London toddler was born with a heart defect on Sept. 25, 2013.
She died Thursday, just days after her third birthday.
Shianne received a heart transplant just weeks after she was born. She was discharged from Nationwide Children’s Hospital two weeks later and lived a healthy life for more than year.
But viruses and a diagnosis of Infantile Spasm Epilepsy plagued Shiann’s short life.
“She had really good summer last year. She started eating and was growing,” Cora Lockhart, Shiann’s mother said in June.
“We took her to the hospital and we thought it was normal viruses,” said Cora. “Turns out she got mono, which is the EVV virus. In transplant patients, if you don’t catch it soon enough, it turns into what’s known as PTLD (Post-transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder) Lymphoma.”
The disease is rare, found in 2 percent of transplant patients. Cora and husband Troy agreed to chemotherapy, but Shiann almost died. So after a round and half, the family decided to quit.
For several months, Shianne’s family tried to give her a lifetime of experiences. Columbus police shared photos of her on Friday from her first helicopter ride in a CPD helicopter.
She also got to ride horses, go camping, see dogs and fire trucks. Her family even organized a prom for her.