Sarah Hanks

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Hanks, Sarah Jane Sarah Jane Hanks, the infant daughter of Matthew W. and Dr. Beth L. Tumilty Hanks of Bloomington, died at 4:40pm Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at St. Louis Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Her funeral will be at 10:00am Saturday 3-19-11 at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington with Rev. Dean Kladder officiating. A private family burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm Friday 3-18-11 at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 4381 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 or United Network of Organ Sharing Foundation, 700 N. Fourth Street, P.O. Box 2484, Richmond, Virginia 23218. She is survived by her parents, two brothers, Jack and Charlie Hanks; paternal grandparents, Steve and Maureen Hanks, Manito; maternal grandparents, Scott and Sally Tumilty, Naperville; paternal great grandmother, Mae Hanks, Troy; maternal great grandmother, Fran Tumilty, Valley Forge, PA; paternal aunts, Maggi (Josh) Charlton, Manito and Jessi (Matt) Mischler, Germantown Hills; maternal uncles, Scott (Katie) Tumilty, Villa Park, Jim (Teen) Tumilty, Naperville and Patrick (Halli) Tumilty, Oswego; and numerous cousins. Sarah was born August 25, 2010 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal, six weeks early with a normal heart. It was one of the happiest days of our lives when we took her home from the hospital a few days later. She was at home for five nights and began not to feed. The next twenty-four hours would change our lives. She went to Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center and was transferred to Children's Hospital of Illinois and by morning she was intubated. She contracted a common virus called Enterovirus. Usually, this virus is not a major problem for children and is self limited. However, in Sarah it affected every organ in her body and we watched her normal heart become weak over the next three weeks. Every organ of hers recovered except for her heart. We were fortunate to be transferred to St. Louis Children's Hospital for a heart transplant work-up. It was against all odds that Sarah would live to receive a heart. Through God's love and grace a miracle occurred on January 17th. We got the call that a heart had arrived. Sarah did very well with surgery and looked great afterwards. We thought that all of our prayers had been answered and were looking forward to taking our little girl back home. Unfortunately, three weeks after her transplant she went into rejection. She fought for three more weeks after that and died of complications from rejection. On March 9th at 1640 she went home to be with her maker. We are indebted to both the opportunity and hope that medical science has given to us in allowing Sarah to get a new heart. We can not begin to express our thanks and gratitude for all of the generous support that the Bloomington/Normal community has given us. Specifically, we would like to give special thanks to the employees of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, St. Joseph's Medical Center, members of Illinois Heart and Lung Associates, the congregation of Second Presbyterian Church, the physicians and staff at Children's Hospital of Illinois and St. Louis Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. We could not have gotten through this without the love and support of Maureen and Steve Hanks, Sally Tumilty, Scotty and Katie Tumilty, Gail Shimer, Pumpkin Bread Grandma Hanks, Dawn and Keith Rahn, Christina and Frank Belmonte, Jessi and Matt Mischler, Maggi and Josh Charlton. We are forever indebted to you for your time, love, generosity and support. Sarah was so lucky to have known you all.
Published in Naperville Sun on Mar. 13, 2011
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