Five-year-old Teresa Bartlinski was lying unconscious shortly after 3 a.m. Friday at the Children's Hospital of
The girl — whose
Dr. Joseph Rossano, medical director for heart transplantation at the Pennsylvania hospital, told Teresa's parents, Ed and Ann Bartlinski, that the heart, which came from a child who had died, appeared in an ultrasound to be healthy enough. At the last minute, a surgeon who examined the organ found it was not a good match for Teresa.
"Thank you for being so cautious," Ann Bartlinski told Rossano. "We don't want to take that chance. Our miracle will happen, just not today."
The family is praying for the intercession of the late
The Bartlinskis, who adopted the girl from
If she survives a heart transplant and her lungs heal, her parents said, they will petition the Roman Catholic Church to declare her lungs healed by the hand of God.
The family's church, St. Mark in
They spread the word about Teresa's situation on the blog, Our Placed Called Home, that's received nearly 280,000 page views from people around the world.
In addition to Teresa, Ed and Ann Bartlinski have adopted four special-needs daughters from China. They have four biological children.
They arrived at the Children's Hospital about 12:30 a.m. Friday and Teresa underwent a medical procedure, called plasmapheresis, to remove the plasma in her
At 3 a.m. the heart transplant was still on, but the situation changed in a matter of minutes after Rossano received the call from the surgeon who examined the heart.
"I wish we could do this today, but it's not the right time," Rossano told the couple.
Rossano said he did not know whether another patient could receive the heart. The identity and location of the donor is confidential.