Christina was transferred to Miami Children's Hospital when she was 8 weeks old and it was discovered she had a serious combination of congenital defects and would require immediate surgery.
While undergoing pre-surgery testing, it was discovered that she had other serious complications including a tight narrowing of her aorta and a collapsed lung. Also, her intestines had migrated into her chest, compressing her lungs and affecting her development. She was diagnosed with failure to thrive and was in congestive heart failure.
With the most innovative and least invasive techniques, two surgical teams – including a cardiovascular surgeon and a pediatric surgeon – operated on Christina during one surgery vs. two separate surgeries.
After weeks in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Miami Children's Hospital, her parents brought Christina home with a feeding tube and heart and breathing monitors.
Not only did Christina beat the odds and survived… she thrived.
Christina and her family have been ambassadors of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Miami Children's Hospital since that time. Three times she and her family have turned her birthday parties into CMN Hospitals fundraisers.
For her 16th birthday, she hosted a Miracle Beach Bash on Pompano Beach and raised $10,000 for the CMN Hospitals program at Miami Children's Hospital.
Today Christina is a healthy 18 year old and a freshman in college.
In 2012 there were more than 400,000 visits to Miami Children's Hospital and its outpatient centers.
Miami Children’s Hospital receives patients from nearly every state in the United States and more than 90 countries.
Miami Children’s Hospital has multiple outpatient centers throughout South Florida, including the Nicklaus Centers in Palm Beach Gardens and Loxahatchee, the Dan Marino Center in Weston, and centers in Miramar, Miami Lakes, Doral, Midtown Miami, West Kendall and Palmetto Bay