School steps up to help triple organ transplant patient

Reported by: Nicole Garza
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Updated: 6/03 5:01 am
To everyone at Stewart Elementary School, Nevaeh Flores is your average, bubbly fourth grader.

"A kind person and she's always making us laugh," said a fellow student.

"Nevaeh's a sweetheart," said her teacher, Brian Beaty.

Her grandmother Mary Gutierrez told us how much she loves school, "I feel like she would've been one of those kids that received perfect attendance."

But in February, her friends and teachers learned what only family knew about before.

"She was born with a malrotation of the small bowel," Gutierrez explained.

As an infant Nevaeh received a transplant on the small intestine, liver and pancreas.

"She was blessed with a very healthy ten years until she got sick on February 3rd and had to make the trip back to Omaha, Nebraska where she received the first transplant," Gutierrez said.

After waiting for new organs, Nevaeh underwent a triple transplant for the second time at the start of May.

"Just keep praying that she will get better. I talked to her mom and she said that her X-rays are looking better every day. And we are just hoping that she'll make a full recovery and start school again next year," her teacher Roseanne Lively said.

Her school has been a strong support system thanks to teachers like Mrs. Lively.

"We all just miss her and hope that she comes back soon," Nevaeh's friend said.

Students were motivated to raise funds for Nevaeh's medical expenses in part by pies thrown at teachers faces on the last day of school.

"For 50 cents they could vote for whichever teacher they wanted to get the pie. It's been fun. Everybody's been running around saying I'm gonna get you with this. And it was exciting knowing why we were doing it. That we were doing something for Nevaeh," Beaty said.

Nevaeh got to watch all of the excitement play out via Skype.

"And they threw a pie in our face. Thank goodness we were wearing goggles. My hair is still sticky," her teacher Andrea Gibson said.

Concerned classmates are hoping she will be back next school year, "I miss her very much and hope to see her soon."

Having uprooted their lives in Lubbock the family is asking for help in dealing with the financial burden that comes with out-of-state medical care.

"We really appreciate everyone's prayers, their love, their support," Gutierrez said. "We look forward to Nevaeh coming home soon."

Donations can be made at People's Bank. You can call the 82nd Street location at 806-794-0044 or send checks to Medical Fund for Nevaeh Flores, Peoples Bank, 5820 82nd St., Lubbock, TX 79424.

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