WATCH: Young Heart Transplant Recipient Honors Donor with Special Christmas Tree
Thanks to an anonymous donor, Mallory Kate can look forward to many more years of decorating two trees—the greatest Christmas gift of all.
On Dec. 7, 2014, Mallory Kate Hall received the gift of life when she underwent heart transplant surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. For the past three years, Mallory Kate—now five years old and in kindergarten—and her family decorate a second Christmas tree in their Cummings, Georgia, living room. This “special tree” represents Mallory Kate’s anonymous donor and his/her life.
Each year, on the anniversary of her transplant, Mallory Kate hangs an ornament on the family’s second tree. Her ornament from 2015 features a painting of a heart with the date of her transplant. In 2016, she added an angel holding a heart. And just last Thursday, Mallory Kate added another heart ornament to the special tree: a gold heart that says, “You are loved and treasured.”
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Mallory Kate has one sister, 8-year-old Madison. Their mother Jessica says that ever since Mallory Kate's transplant, they consider themselves a family of five. Now, thanks to the fifth member of their family, Mallory Kate can look forward to many more years of decorating two trees—the greatest Christmas gift of all.