The tiniest patients require specialized equipment. CMN Hospitals funds were used to purchase the cutting-edge equipment and diagnostic tools that helped doctors find congenital heart defects and perform surgery on newborn Sophia. She was given a slim chance of surviving her heart and organ defects and, immediately after birth, was transferred to the children’s hospital for care. The pediatric surgeon made a point to visit the hospital where Sophia’s mom Kelly had just delivered so he could assure Kelly her baby girl was in good hands. With such a kind gesture from the very beginning, it’s no surprise that Kelly and Sophia call Sophia’s doctors and nurses, family.
Since Sophia’s four open-heart surgeries and three stomach surgeries kept her in the hospital so often, the doctors and nurses shared many of Sophia’s firsts: the first time she sat up by herself, her first solid food and her first steps all happened in the hospital. Now, when Sophia walks down the halls of her children’s hospital, the staff who’ve loved her all her life greet her by name: “Hey Sophia, I can’t believe how much you’ve grown!”