Minnesota Family, Fans of the Vikings, Hoping for Their Own “Minnesota Miracle”
Now, one fan family is hoping for a miracle of their own. KMSP Fox 9 Reporter Leah Beno has their story from Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS — It’s called the “Minnesota Miracle” and we’ve seen the replay two, 10, er…100 times.
The Vikings win last week was done in stunning fashion after wide receiver Stefon Diggs caught an unbelievable pass from quarterback Case Keenum and cemented his place in NFL history.
Now, one fan family is hoping for a miracle of their own.
One that is life and death.
After nearly three years of infertility, Shayla Senesac’s parents describe her as their miracle child.
“You’re going to see her heart kind of pound through the jersey because the heart’s kind of wonky,” Kelly Senesac, Shayla’s mother, said.
Even before she was born on November 20 at just four pounds and 13 ounces, doctors knew she had hypoplastic right heart syndrome, which prevented her right ventricle from fully forming and causing a lot of extra work for her tiny heart and lungs.
“Her coronary arteries didn’t attach to the right spot either,” Kelly said, “which is what makes her a candidate for a heart transplant.”
Dr. Rebecca Ameduri, a University of Minnesota cardiologist says Shayla is more than a miracle child.
“Infant heart transplant is rare and needing it specifically for Shayla’s type of heart disease that she was born with is very rare,” Dr. Ameduri said.
After two months of waiting for a heart, Kelly and Shayla’s father, Chad Senesac, are painfully aware how much parenthood has changed their perspective.
“As much as we pray for a new heart, we pray obviously for the family that has to lose a kid,” Chad said.
That’s why they’re urging parents, even with healthy children, to discuss pediatric organ donation just in case someday, doctors have to ask.
“I have been in that situation before and it’s heart-wrenching for everybody,” University of Minnesota cardiologist, Dr. Nathan Rodgers, said.
“Let’s make that decision in clear mind and clear head so it’s not after the tragedy happens,” Kelly said.
Knowing every day is a gift, Sundays for these dedicated Vikings fans are a special time they can all three be together.
While they are enjoying seeing various Minneapolis miracles both on the field and in person, they are holding out hope for at least one more.
“We’re just praying for a miracle and at the same time, just praying the Vikings go to the Super Bowl,” Kelly said with a smile.