WIFR: Rockford Teen with Liver Failure Makes the Most of Her Time

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) — After receiving a diagnosis that would change a person’s life forever, one local high schooler is making the most of her last days. Harlem high school senior, Izabella Sotelo, considers the time she has left to be heaven on earth.

“December 6 I got the news, I’ll never forget that date,” said Sotelo’s mother Tammie Cogdill. “I was devastated, devastated, I still am. Hard to believe, to grasp.”

That was the day Cogdill found out her daughter Izabella was diagnosed with stage three liver failure. Izabella is on hospice care and wants everyone to know her calling is just sooner than others

“You really never know what time you’re going and I think people take that for granted,” said Sotelo.

But even in the midst of what many would consider the darkest time of their lives, she’s still finding joy in her situation and laughing.

“Izzy’s laughter just makes you beam,” said Mercyhealth At Home hospice director Dacia Hart, “hearing the family banter back and forth it’s fun.”

Hart says hospice isn’t just about comfort, but it’s just as much about living.

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