Seeing children go home healthy is the reward for the many dollars and volunteer hours given to Children's Miracle Network (CMN). Each year, CMN asks children previously treated at UMC to share their "miracle story." These stories help provide a glimpse into the many ways CMN and UMC help to make miracles every day. Read about our 2018 Miracle Children below.
Aubriana Loya – 2 years old – Portales, NM
During the peak of summer, 23-month-old Aubriauna and another child were left in a vehicle by daycare employees after a field trip. After 90 long minutes in the sweltering, 96-degree heat, Aubriauna was finally discovered—both children were unresponsive (the other child did not survive).
When Aubriauna arrived to the local hospital her body temperature was 108.5. She was immediately transported by helicopter to UMC. Upon her arrival a cooling blanket, purchased with CMN funds, was used to help increase her chance of survival. Aubriauna was placed in Pediatric ICU with a slim chance of surviving. She remained in critical condition there for two weeks and eventually began to improve. She was then moved to the pediatric floor for another week before being discharged to a rehabilitation center.
Incredibly, Aubriauna survived the incident and shows little physical effect. Developmentally, she is right on track for a 2 year old but has little to no use of her left arm and hand. With continued physical and occupational therapy, she is expected to make a full recovery.
Natalie Baker – 8 years old – Horizon, TX
On June 14, 2017, Natalie was riding a UTV, with proper safety equipment, when a truck hit her broadside. While her injuries from the impact were severe, her most critical injuries were burns due to the UTV bursting into flames after impact. Natalie was airlifted to UMC’s Timothy J. Harnar Regional Burn Center, where she spent the next 80 days, for treatment. Her injuries included 37 percent 2nd and 3rd degree burns as well as a traumatic brain injury, fractured hip and a fractured wrist. During her time at UMC, she endured 15 intense burn surgeries. She then went on to spend an additional 49 days in a rehab center.
Natalie still has a long road ahead of her--future surgical procedures, occupational and physical therapy and laser treatments-- but that does not slow this tenacious 9 year old down. Sweet Natalie hopes to be a mentor for other children going through similar situations.
Jaiyah Martinez – 8 years old – Lubbock, TX
When Jaiyah was 3 years old, she began having terrible nosebleeds--so bad her bed would be blood-soaked by morning. She was brought to UMC and was diagnosed Willebrand Disease, a lifelong blood disorder that prevents the blood from clotting. Jaiyah's treatment includes regular infusions to assist with clotting. Unfortunately, the infusion used to treat her has created a hole inside of her nose. This severe damage will cause Jaiyah to have her nose reconstructed later in life.
Jaiyah has undergone numerous operations on her nose for the bleeding, including cauterization of her nose and repairing the hole. She continues to receive infusions every six months to control the disease. While there is no cure for Willebrand disease, Jaiyah's medical prognosis and outlook are positive.
Rylie, Sophie and Zoie Kassis – 10 Months Old –Hobbs, NM
Jack and Jennifer Kassis were ecstatic to learn they were pregnant with triplets! However, at 26 weeks gestation Jennifer knew she needed to get to UMC quickly. Upon arrival, it was discovered that she was experiencing critical and life-threatening health issues with her blood pressure and liver. It was determined the doctors needed to deliver the triplets via c-section immediately. At birth, Rylie weighed 1.14 lbs, Sophie weighed 1.9 lbs and Zoie weighed 1.12 lbs. The babies were rushed to NICU where the spent the next 100 or so days.
Today, at almost 10 months old, the girls are healthy and happy. They are small for their age but continue to thrive.