Emily delivered Abby via emergency c-section at 26 weeks and 3 days. Born with underdeveloped lungs and intestines, Abby underwent surgery in her private NICU room when she was just 27 hours old.
6-year-old Ava lived a healthy life until she awoke one morning with extreme pain in her knee. Her pediatrician suspected a septic knee infection and said she could be at risk of septic shock.
On Father’s Day, Bridget woke up with extreme stomach pain. Scans revealed a 10 cm mass, a lymphoma likely caused by the anti-rejection medicine she was on after a heart transplant at age 2.
An average car ride turned into a life-changing experience for 14-year-old Cole. While he was asleep in the back seat, his grandfather blacked out and lost control of the car, hitting a pole.
Jaxon’s mother, Dawn, first noticed something was wrong with him while she was looking at old photos. The 8-year-old had lost quite a bit of weight since the photos were taken.
On Leo’s fourth day of life, doctors found that he likely had pontocerebellar hyperplasia, an extremely rare terminal genetic disorder that impacts the development of the brain.
Liam’s journey with cystic fibrosis started even before he was born. At 20 weeks pregnant, his mom Suzi went in for a prenatal ultrasound when doctors noticed that something was wrong.
Diagnosed with cystic kidneys at birth, Lucy was on dialysis until she could have a transplant. At just 16 pounds, she was the smallest and youngest patient to receive a new kidney at the Children’s Center.
After hearing MacKenzie slur a word, her parents knew something was wrong. Scans revealed a devastating egg-sized brain tumor that returned four times.