Young heart transplant recipient fights for her life at PCH

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Jordan Drake is back in the hospital after suffering complications from her heart surgery. (Source: GoFundMe) Jordan Drake is back in the hospital after suffering complications from her heart surgery. (Source: GoFundMe)
Her body is apparently rejecting the heart. (Source: GoFundMe) Her body is apparently rejecting the heart. (Source: GoFundMe)
Jordan is at Phoenix Children's Hospital. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Jordan is at Phoenix Children's Hospital. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A 5-year-old girl who received a heart transplant is at Phoenix Children's Hospital, fighting for her life after doctors discovered her body is rejecting her donated heart.

Jordan Drake spent most of her life in and out of hospitals. When she was 18 months old, she received a heart transplant, allowing her to live a normal life.

"Anybody who is around her are like, 'Oh my God, her smile! She's so happy! I love that about," her Esther Gonzalez, Jordan's mom, said.

Her story made national headlines last year when Jordan met the mom of the child whose heart was donated to her. It was a heartfelt moment when Heather Clark heard the heartbeat of her late son Lukas beating inside Jordan's chest.

But now her heart is having complications.

Jordan complained to her mom that she was having stomach pains. She was taken to the hospital and doctors discovered that her heart function was operating at a life-threatening level.

"She didn't know how to express, it was actually her kidneys. Her function was really bad and that's what was causing the pain," Gonzalez said.

Jordan's mother said she has shown some improvements with her vitals.

"She's been really touch and go for a few days and on the fence, not knowing what would happen," Gonzalez said. "Just today, I was actually at church just in the past hour, her numbers have improved so much. She's doing great. We're going in the right direction."

It's been hard on the family emotionally and financially.

"We're not out of the woods yet," Gonzalez said.

They've set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of getting help with the cost of the care.

As for how long Jordan will be in the hospital, it will all depend on Jordan, but her family is expecting it to be a long stay.

"Trying to stay positive, at least when I'm in Jordan's room I do the best I can to try and keep it positive in the room," Gonzalez said.

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