Our Champion Children are patients we select to represent all our Miracle Kids for a given year. And, we believe Miracle Kids are superheroes, of course! They brave the toughest battles in The Children’s Hospital and use their superpowers to be an ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Any child treated at Children’s Hospital may sign up to be a part of the Miracle Child program.
Ten-year-old Samantha was diagnosed three years ago with Chiari Malformation, a congenital defect in her skull. Samantha was also diagnosed with Scoliosis and Syringomyelia, disorders that affect her spinal cord. Samantha underwent decompression surgery in hopes of relieving some of her symptoms including back pain, stomach migraines, numbness and dizziness. Today, Samantha’s church is a big part of her life. She was baptized June 26, 2016 and was recently accepted in the Oklahoma Baptist Children’s Chorus. Along with singing she enjoys art and swimming. She is a sweet girl who enjoys helping others. There is no cure for Samantha, but she believes that one day research doctors will discover one. Until then, she enjoys raising awareness and funds to support research and education through Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network.
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Before Gabe’s second birthday, his mom noticed he suddenly wasn’t eating and it appeared he had a severe stomach ache. His parents took him to the hospital where they learned that he had a tumor on his liver. During surgery, the tumor, as well as more than 60% of his liver, was removed. He stayed in the hospital for two weeks and then had a slow recovery at home that included complications such as jaundice and high fevers. Gabe returned to the hospital for an additional surgery to re-route his bile ducts. Every August, he returns to the hospital for a scan to confirm that the tumor hasn’t returned. Today, he is happy and healthy. He’s started playing soccer and loves eating pepperoni pizza. When he grows up, he wants to be a monster truck driver.
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Hailey was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Jarcho-Levin Syndrome, when she was a few days old. It’s characterized by severe malformations of the chest cavity, ribs and thorax, thus affecting her ability to breathe. When she was six months old, Hailey was diagnosed with Septo Optic Dysplasia. It causes blindness. Although life has been full of challenges for Hailey, she has persevered. She’s a part of the Gifted and Talented program at her school and she has competed in three Oklahoma Braille Challenges. She is also fluent in speaking and reading the Cherokee language. She was the first blind child to ever compete in the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair. Hailey continues to defy the odds by walking and breathing on her own. She aspires to become an inventor.
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Not only did Emilee almost lose her foot in an ATV accident, but her kidneys were injured which sent her into kidney failure. After five weeks in the hospital, dialysis treatments, 13 surgeries, many rounds of antibiotics to fight off infections, and more than a year of rehabilitation, Emilee has miraculously regained the use of her foot and has plans to participate in a triathlon!
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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.
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