Mallory Kate Hall is like most 2-year olds, playful, smiling and precocious. But unlike most toddlers, the little girl from Cumming is in desperate need of a new heart.
"That is our last resort, it's the only option Mallory has." her mother, Jessica Hall, said.
Mallory was born healthy. But just 10 days into her life, a mysterious virus attacked her heart, triggering myocarditis, an inflammatory disease.
Her mother told Channel 2's Tom Regan that her daughter's heart is about the size of an adult heart, but is weak.
"It has a hard time pumping sufficient blood to the rest of her body," said Hall.
The family is grateful for the doctors and staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston where Mallory has received lifesaving care for the last two months. She has two lifelines. One is her feeding tube; the other provides a constant flow of medicine to keep her heart stabilized. She cannot leave the hospital. Her parents alternate spending nights at the hospital and pray for a call about a suitable donor.
Mallory also knows why she is there.
"Waiting for a new heart. I'd like a pink one," said Mallory Kate.
Mallory's father says despite his daughter's medical condition, she brings great joy to them and the hospital staff.
"It's such a beautiful thing to see a 2-year-old be a light. I'm just trying to see this as a blessing and something good will come out of it," said father Dustin Hall.
The Children's Organ Transplant Association is helping the family raise money for the transplant, Mallory's ongoing care and medical bills not covered by insurance.
The parents say they only have one wish for this Christmas.
"A new heart for Mallory. For all of us to be home for Christmas together,” Dustin Hall said.
For more on information, visit Mallory’s Facebook page.