Skip to comments.5-year-old Dilworth boy dies while visiting Disney World on Make-A-Wish trip
Posted on 04/21/2011 8:16:06 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
DILWORTH, Minn. A 5-year-old northwestern Minnesota boy, born with numerous congenital birth defects, has died on a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World in Florida. Daytyn Hart enjoyed four days at Disney World, swimming and visiting the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Cocoa Beach. He died Friday at a hospital in Orlando, Fla. His father, Desi Hart, says he and his wife, Angie, discussed the trip with Daytyn's doctors and everyone agreed he was healthy and able to make the trip.
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Rest in peace little guy.
That’s right. A touching story and I hope the parents are comforted by the fact that their son enjoyed himself during his last days rather than perhaps getting a little more time but spending it in a hospital bed.
Sad that he passed away, but how blessed that his last few days were spent having fun and realizing his wish.
Apparently, no one thought to ask about the return trip.
In any case, if you gotta go, what better place for a 5-year old than Disney World?
Sad, though I’m not sure it really counts as news.
Likewise. I’m in MN. It’s been pretty cold here the last few days. It snowed yesterday morning. I’m happy that child had sun and fun.
Why? Is only BAD news, news?
Better 4 happy days than 4 weeks in pain at the hospital. If I had my way I would go riding Space Mountain.
I would hate to go while being stuck in the middle of "It's a Small World."
Well, let me nuance that — it makes sense as local news, for the area his family lives in.
This is what Make A Wish is all about—granting wishes to those with life-threatening illnesses. I served with the Western NC Chapter for many years, being to serve as Board Chair for a time. This kind of thing is not unexpected, and not all that uncommon. Many times we’d lose kids before the trip could be made.
I remember a particularly touching situation in which a young boy wanted as his wish one of those race cars you might find outside a K-Mart that you put a quarter in to ride for a few minutes. We got it to him, but he only got to ride it a couple of times before his condition worsened and he passed away.
In Mick Foley’s autobiography (he was a pro wrestler - pro wrestlers are the most requested athletes by Make-A-Wish participants) he wrote about another child who was on a M-A-W trip to Disney who also died. The child died on the way to the hospital while holding Mickey’s hand, with a smile on his face. The child’s only wish was to meet Mickey. If ever a cause deserved all of the support it gets its this one.
Funny how I never hear any progressives boast about how much they give to them.
My first trip with my husband and children was in 1983, before it became homosexual friendly. When the gates to the Magic Kingdom opened that morning, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. This precious angel did.
That's the hell of Disneyland.
Daytyn enjoyed four days in Florida, swimming daily at a resort and visiting Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Cocoa Beach.
But on the fifth day while visiting SeaWorld, the usually vibrant Daytyn became lethargic, and his parents took him to the hospital.
The following morning, Daytyn died after complaining of pain, leaving his parents with questions about what caused his death.
He got his Make-A-Wish. After the beach, he was just satisfied, I guess, Desi said.
He was born with a long list of birth defects, including cardiac problems that required three heart surgeries, a tethered spinal cord and a leg that only had one bone and was amputated.
Daytyn also had problems with his kidneys, esophagus and trachea. Up until his death, Daytyn had to use a colostomy bag and spent 14 hours every night connected to feeding tubes.
But those challenges never affected Daytyns outlook, his parents said.
He was happy. He never, ever complained about anything, Angie said.
He came out of surgery smiling sometimes, Desi said.
Daytyn had knee surgery about 14 months ago and later got a prosthetic leg. He began walking on his own for the first time last fall.
That was amazing for him because he never saw the world from above; he always saw it from below, Angie said.
Yes. Poor kid, at least he spent four days having fun. Although it must have been awfully hard on his parents when he passed, knowing that he spent his last hours doing something he had really looked forward to must have been comforting.
What a brave little angel.
Mick Foley is good people.
Most of the good he does people never hear about.