4-year-old girl who has spent her whole life in hospital can finally go home for Christmas

Edduin Carvajal
Dec 24, 2018
05:44 P.M.

Phalynn Graham, a four-year-old girl from Illinois, was sent home from the Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital for the first time in her life.


Since the girl was born two months early, her lungs were not fully developed, so doctors considered that she needed a ventilator at all times to help her breath for the last four years.

Thankfully, Phalynn was sent home on December 20, which was the best Christmas gift she and her family could get. Tarvashay Graham, the girl’s mother, admitted to being an unexplainable and indescribable feeling.


To make things more difficult for the family, Tarvashay has Lupus, which requires her to receive dialysis three times a week. One of the conditions the hospital set clear before releasing Phalynn was that the girl needed to be with a nurse during her mother’s treatment.


That’s not the only sad news in the ladies’ lives. Phalynn’s father passed away when the girl was only two months old, something that has made everything tougher for Tarvashay.



The Ranken Jordan Pediatric hospital even shared a post on Facebook addressing Phalynn’s case. They admitted that seeing her getting out of hospital “after she spent 1,208 days with them” was a bitter sweet feeling.

Thankfully for the family, Phalynn’s health started drastically improving in January this year. From that point on, she became one of the most beloved members of the hospital as she would run around the whole place.



Phalynn is not the only child who will spend Christmas at home with their family after being in the hospital as Jake Vella, a young triathlete diagnosed with Rapid-onset obesity with hypothalamic dysregulation, hypoventilation, and autonomic dysregulation (ROHHADNET) was sent home from Mater Dei Hospital on December 24, 2018.

The young boy was rushed to the Intensive Treatment Unit in November after having problems to breathe. Three weeks later, he was released from the ITU but was under close observation.

Soon later, he was finally sent home to enjoy Christmas next to his dog, Maya, who he deeply missed while in the hospital.

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