Mia had to get used to surgery with her first breath. Thirteen years later she wont let it slow her down. Hear Mia’s Story of Hope:
Mia’s mom had lupus, which made her pregnancy very complicated. She was born two months early and weighted only 2 lbs. 10 oz. Mia was born with pulmonary atresia, which is a form of heart disease that occurs from birth (congenital heart disease), in which the pulmonary valve does not form properly. The pulmonary valve is an opening on the right side of the heart that regulates blood flow from the right ventricle (right side pumping chamber) to the lungs. In pulmonary atresia, a solid sheet of tissue forms where the valve opening should be, and the valve stays closed. Because of this defect, blood from the right side of the heart cannot go to the lungs to pick up oxygen.
Mia underwent her first surgery at birth. Doctors didn’t think she would survive the surgery. She spent the first few months of her life at Children’s while her heart developed and strengthened.
She has undergone hernia surgery, five open heart surgeries and three catheterizations.
“Children’s is a beacon of hope and a model of inspiration,” said her father, Tyrone. “This hospital is like a family that you adore. I don’t know where we’d be without Children’s.”
Mia will undergo another surgery on July 19 to have a valve put in. Mia just completed her freshman year at Hebron High School in Carrollton. Despite her condition, Mia hasn’t missed a beat. She enjoys playing volleyball, softball and basketball.
This is Mia’s fifth year going to camp and it is the highlight of her year.