Martina

Most people would never guess that Martina lives with a plethora of medical conditions. Upon her premature birth, she was diagnosed with Mosaic Trisomy 22, a rare genetic disorder, which has led to Stage 3 kidney disease. Martina has experienced 14 surgeries to repair her bladder, hernia, back and heart as well as a leg-lengthening procedure, many of which are related to Martina's chromosome abnormality. Due to the local expertise of Dr. Martin Turman, CMRI Paul and Ann Milburn Chair in Nephrology, Martina doesn't have to leave Oklahoma to receive outstanding treatment. She may be small for her age, but this cheerleader has learned to adapt and hopes to live a life free of surgeries one day.