Mom of sick child thankful for hospital staff on Thanksgiving

Posted at 10:26 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 23:53:31-05
MILWAUKEE COUNTY --  One mom said she has so much to be thankful for even though she's spending Thanksgiving in the hospital with a sick child.  
Malisa Mireles never imagined her family would be setting up their feast on a table at Children's Hospital. 
"I don't think anybody ever does," Mireles said.
She's been in and out of hospitals with her 10-year-old daughter Elysia since February. Elysia is in intensive care recovering from her second bone marrow transplant, which is a procedure to help cure her cancer. 
"Neuroblastoma is a cancer of cells that usually start in the adrenal gland, and they've got a propensity to go other places and spread," explained Dr. David Margolis, the Bone Marrow Transplant Director.
Doctors and nurses have become the mother and daughter's family away from home. Mireles recently took this video of Elysia's nurses cheering her up on a rough day. 
"So we are very thankful for that support and love," Mireles said.
They expect Elysia's room will be full of family and friends on Thursday.
"My husband and my daughter, my older daughter, will be here and some extended family will be coming as well," Mireles said.
A feast is planned, but for this family, Thanksgiving is about being together no matter where the table is. 
"Even though we're not at home and doing the exact things we traditionally do, we're still in a good place and we still have a lot to be thankful for," Mireles said.