LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- A former Arkansas Children's Hospital patient turned her success story into inspiration for others.
Whittney Edwards knows all too well what it's like to spend weeks in a hospital bed, even at Christmastime.
"I was sad because I didn't get to go and open my presents up at home, but this was kind of like my other home."
The 11-year-old first came to Arkansas Children's Hospital at the age of 4. That's when she said doctors discovered that a bacteria infection was attacking her tiny body.
"At the age of 4, I got sick and got diagnosed with E Coli."
Yolie Edwards, Whittney's mom, said at that time doctors gave Whittney a 10 percent chance of pulling through.
Edwards said the E-Coli ate away at Whittney's large intestine and eventually led to a kidney transplant.
"I prayed and I fought and I fought. It was my worst nightmare."
Now, healthy and thriving, Whittney and her 5th grade class from Alma are giving back to Arkansas Children's Hospital through the gift of song. Thursday, the students sang Christmas carols in the lobby of Arkansas Children's Hospital.
"It makes me give the nurses and the kids a big thanks for all the help they've given me."
Whittney and her mom give all the credit to the doctors, nurses and staff at Arkansas Children's Hospital. This Christmas, Yolie Edwards says she's happy they can pay that forward.
"Now we can give back, she can give back for all the love that everybody has given her and this is one way."
Because of the experience Whittney had at Arkansas Children's Hospital, her mom is now working towards becoming a nurse and hopes that one day she can help other families going through the same thing as her family did.