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Sarah Anne

Sarah Anne

DIAGNOSIS:

Prematurity, asthma, attention deficit disorder, severe allergies.

BRIEF HISTORY:

Sarah Anne and her twin sister, Megan were born 16 weeks premature in 2008. Megan was born with severely underdeveloped lungs and a bacterial infection. She passed away after only 6 short hours. Sarah Anne had better lung development, but still required a ventilator for nearly 7 weeks. She underwent heart surgery and survived three serious infections.  After 146 days, Sarah Anne was able to come home with strict feeding schedules of high calorie formula.  With the help of therapists, she began walking at 2 and speaking at the age of 3.

FUN FAVORITES:

Sarah loves dogs, coloring and bike riding. She’s involved in cross country and Brownie’s.

Alexis

Alexis

DIAGNOSIS:

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) is a blood cell cancer, characterized by the overproduction and accumulation of immature white blood cells known as lymphoblasts.  Pneumocystis pneumonia, a rare disease, causes inflammation and fluid in the lungs.

BRIEF HISTORY:

At just 4 years old, Alexis was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  After finding out that she had ALL, the doctors found a tumor in her chest with a collapsed lung.  She was then diagnosed with PCP pneumonia after being on chemotherapy treatment for about 6 weeks.  She has spent approximately 110 days at Mercy Health Children’s Hospital over the course of her 2 ½ years of chemotherapy treatments.  Mercy Health Children’s has been a huge part of her life and she has a strong connection with all of the doctors and nurses still today.

FUN FAVORITES:

Dolphins, volunteering as a ZooTeen and has an interested in studying Medical Imaging.

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Sage

Sage

DIAGNOSIS:

Immune deficiency and neutropenia

BRIEF HISTORY:

At 8 months old, Sage had suffered multiple bouts of pneumonia. After further tests, she was found to be immune deficient. She had a chest port inserted so she could receive Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) treatments every few weeks. She gets ill very easily and has had life threatening infections. In winter she is home schooled and participates in class through Skype to reduce the risk of getting sick.

FUN FACTS:

Sage and her chest port, which she has named “Buddy,” love to go camping, play with friends, and eat chocolate donuts.

Hannah

Hannah

DIAGNOSIS:

Omphalocele, a condition at birth where the internal organs grow outside of the body because of a hole in the abdomen.

BRIEF HISTORY:

Hannah was born with an omphalocele, and spent 72 days in the NICU, which allowed her body to partially heal the abdominal defect. At five months she contracted Respiratory Syncytial Virus, leading to pulmonary hypertension, and lengthy hospital stays. Surgery when she was two made it easier for her to eat. She is now a healthy, typical eight year old and hasn't had any issues in three years.

FUN FACTS:

Hannah loves music and likes to dance.

Coral

Coral

DIAGNOSIS:

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of permanent movement disorders appearing in early childhood. Signs and symptoms vary but can include poor coordination, tremors, and problems with sensation, vision, hearing, swallowing, and speaking.    

BRIEF HISTORY:

At one month old, Coral began having seizures and was diagnosed with Meningitis Encephalitis CP.  At two months she began weekly physical, occupational, and speech therapy. 

FUN FACTS:

Loves to play with her baby dolls, walking her Chihuahua dog and attending Hippotherapy sessions.


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