Young Transplant Recipient surprised by Minnie Mouse, trip to Walt Disney World

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I FEEL BETTER now! might be what eight-year old Lexi’s smile is saying. The young patient has dealt with health issues all her life but nothing can make a sick child smile quicker than a visit from a Disney friend. Minnie Mouse and television personality Michael Strahan stopped by Mount Sinai Hospital in New York city to tell Lexi she and her entire family were invited to a trip to Disney World. (L-R: Lexi’s family, Lexi, Minnie Mouse, Michael Strahan.) (GMA/Disney)

Eight-year-old meets Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan before surprise trip toWalt DisneyWorld Resort

On January 25 on Good Morning America, the world was introduced to eight-year-old Lexi, whose inspiring story of hope and perseverance touched hearts across the country. Lexi underwent a successful kidney transplant with her dad’s donation last week following a number of lifelong health issues. Lexi has repeatedly surprised her doctors with her resilience and exuberance, and this time was no different.

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.

Lexi’s incredible journey to health is just one of many stories Disney will share in the coming years. 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 the rich legacy of supporting children’s hospitals, dating back to Walt Disney himself.

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