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Young Transplant Recipient Surprised By Minnie Mouse, Trip to Walt Disney World Resort

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Yesterday, our very own Minnie Mouse met one of her biggest fans, eight-year-old Lexi, who underwent a successful kidney transplant donated by her dad last week following a number of lifelong health issues. Lexi’s family and doctors say she repeatedly surprises them with her resilience and exuberance.

After her surgery, Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan visited Lexi at Mount Sinai Hospital with a surprise guest – her favorite Disney character, Minnie Mouse! The two shared a heartwarming exchange which led to an even bigger surprise: an invitation for Lexi and her family to visit Minnie again during a future trip to Walt Disney World Resort!

Last year, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger announced a new $100 million commitment to improve the family and patient experience at children’s hospitals around the world. This patient-focused initiative expands our rich legacy of supporting children’s hospitals, dating back to Walt Disney himself, and makes experiences like Lexi’s extra special.

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  • Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Lexi! Enjoy your magical vacation with you family!

  • Congrats Lexi on your transplant. I am waiting for a transplant also. Minnie is my favorite character too. Good luck to you and your family

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