Mackenzee Wittke is a “one-in-a-billion” little girl. “Kenzee,” as her family affectionately calls her, was born with a medical condition that has baffled experts from around the world. Her condition is so rare that the “Mackenzee Wittke Syndrome” was named after her.
Her story was featured in the July 17th, 2014 edition of Macleans Magazine.Matt and Kim Wittke live in the bedroom community of Sherwood Park, Alberta. They have two daughters, Emilee and Mackenzee. Mackenzee’s middle name is “Hope” and that’s what the Wittkes have been holding on to for the past eight years.
I’ve visited “little Mac” at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and in their home.
Kim says, “Hope is a word and emotion that has been very prominent in my life the last five years. Mackenzee was born with many health complications: heart, lung, brain, eating, breathing…just to name a few.
Doctors told us that she wouldn’t live through the first week. Of course our first reaction was fear of losing our baby girl. But watching Mackenzee day after day fighting through many battles is where I found the true meaning of hope.
I kept repeating this to myself, “as long as she has breath there is hope.”
Doctors and specialists say that, physically and cognitively, she’s the age of a six-month-old baby. No medical expert has ever been able to explain Mackenzee’s condition; all genetic and chromosomal tests come back normal.
“I remember when she was nine months old sitting down with the Neurologist going over all the complications in her brain. He said to us that there is a very small percentage chance that Mackenzee will see her fifth birthday. Well my sweet girl you have proven time and time again that you are a fighter!
4 Observations On Hope:
1. God has entrusted the Wittkes with Mackenzee. She is God’s girl. Mackenzee is a sacred trust. No matter what happens she is in God’s hands.
2. God gives the Wittkes the strength and wisdom to look after her.
3. Hope is contagious. Her story is far reaching and I find that when others hear her story they are also filled with hope.
4. Hope makes the journey endurable. “There are many times where our journey is very rough. Watching your child time and time again struggle with so many complications can wear on the soul. Knowing that we don’t walk this alone, God is with us through it all, fills me with much hope. He loves Mackenzee so much and I know He will take care of her. Our Hope endures!”
APPLICATION: You can connect with the Wittkes on their FB page. Please pray for Kenzee and leave a comment below. Thank you.
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