Olive is a sweetheart…and a fighter.
Five-pound, 12-ounce Olive was less than 24 hours old when she arrived at Connecticut Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Her initial diagnoses were terrifying: a life-threatening type of high blood pressure and a rare heart and lung defect. Olive was at risk for respiratory failure and needed heart surgery.
While cradled in her mother’s arms, the unimaginable happened.
Olive turned blue.
Her body was not receiving the oxygen it needed.
A successful surgery followed that scare. But as Olive recovered in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, she went into cardiac arrest. Her nurse sprang into action and saved Olive’s life…
Fast-forward nearly three years. Today, Olive still keeps her family and caregivers on their toes. And she lights up every room she enters.
Olive’s medical issues may be the result of a rare chromosomal abnormality. She is legally deaf and blind. And I represent one of 13 specialties currently providing follow-up care to this amazing little girl.
While life may not be easy for Olive, she’s a fighter. And supporters like you help kids, like Olive, fight for their lives every day.
By making your gift to the Greatest Need Children’s Fund today:
- You provide patients and families with support in the face of daunting health challenges.
- You ensure that physician-researchers have the technology and resources they need to unlock medical mysteries and develop better treatments.
- You help precious children, like Olive, fight for their lives…for their futures.
Will you consider making a generous gift today to help kids like Olive?
Your gift to the Greatest Need Children’s Fund supports equipment, technology, research, people and programs at Connecticut Children’s and directly benefits the children and families we serve.
Thank you for the amazing good that your support will do!
Frederic Bernstein, DO, FACC, FSCAI
Director, Interventional Pediatric Cardiology
Division of Pediatric Cardiology