62 children enter a Children's Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute. Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. In fact, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat one in 10 children in North America each year.
Thanks to the support of our partners and the community, thousands of children are winning the battles of their lives every day. Meet some of our incredible champions that were treated at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and read their stories of hope and healing!
ALEXIS CEREBRAL HEMORRHAGE
Alexis was eight years old when an excruciating headache brought her to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children just a few days after Christmas.
Within hours, Alexis was in surgery due to a cerebral hemorrhage on the left side of her brain, and was eventually placed in a medically induced coma to recover. Her mom, Kathryn, is grateful that her daughter’s life was saved by the quick response and expertise of the hospital’s doctors, nurses and everyone who supports them.
ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA
Maleah was three years old when her parents noticed her swollen glands and grew concerned. A visit to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children for blood work led to a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Maleah’s mom was thankful for the caring staff that made every effort to make both Maleah and her family comfortable in their home away from home - especially when they were living at the hospital for weeks at a time during treatment. Today, Maleah and her family consider the doctors, nurses, and staff their extended family and are grateful for their support during the most difficult times in our lives.
LAUREN CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT
Lauren's parents were preparing to bring home their brand new baby girl from Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies when they received news that shattered their world - a congenital heart defect had been discovered through additional testing.
Lauren was transferred across the street to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and underwent open heart surgery when she was just three days old.
CARSON & KENDALL PREMATURE BIRTH
Twins Kendall and Carson are honor roll students who love playing sports and spending time with friends. But when their mother went into labor 20 weeks early while pregnant with them, it was hard to imagine ever celebrating their birthday, let alone their ninth birthday, which they did this year. Thankfully, doctors at Arnold Palmer Medical Center were able to delay her delivery for an additional six weeks, giving Kendall and Carson a better chance to thrive outside of the womb.
ALEX ACUTE LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA
Alex was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at nine years old. While his journey at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children was long, Alex was always grateful for the CMN Hospitals’ funds that helped the Child Life Department keep the playrooms in the hospital up-to-date. During his visits, he loved playing video games in play rooms, but especially liked it when he could engage and play with other kids by playing board games, Legos and action figures.
JUSTICE PREMATURE BIRTH
Justice was born 17 weeks early, weighing one pound, five ounces. A surviving twin, she was able to finally leave the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies after 92 days, but her journey did not end there.
She battled Chronic Lung Disease and overcame five cardiac surgeries before she was two years old, and continues to receive therapies at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.