Mia Was a Happy Teen. Then She Lost Her Smile.
It happens just like that. And when it happens, thanks to generous people like you, Baystate Children’s Hospital is here.
For most children, life is occasionally interrupted by illness.
For a child with significant health challenges, it’s the other way around.
At age 14, Mia Gasperini knew something was wrong when she started having trouble doing things most teens do every day, like brushing her hair.
Then, one day, says Mia, “I lost my smile.”
“I was laughing at a joke with a friend when I saw my face in a mirror and it didn’t look like I was laughing,” explains Mia. “Instead, my mouth drooped down and I looked like I was snarling.”
Mia’s pediatrician referred her to Baystate Children’s Hospital. Mia was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, an incurable and potentially lifethreatening autoimmune disorder that attacks the place where nerves and muscles meet.
The Road to Recovery
After diagnosis, Mia was admitted to Baystate Children’s Hospital where doctors worked to get her condition under control with special medication and surgery. Mia now also receives a monthly infusion at the Baystate Children’s Hospital Pediatric Procedure Unit to help manage her symptoms. “My infusions take anywhere from four to six hours,” says Mia. “Even though I’m there for a while, it’s an unbelievable experience because the nurses are phenomenal, like family.”
Today, with the help of Baystate Children’s Hospital, Mia’s long-term prognosis looks good. She even made her high school volleyball team, something she never thought she could do again. She is also looking at colleges to earn a nursing degree so she can give back the same loving, quality care she received.
You can help make kids with illness smile again with thoughtful gifts that support life-changing and lifesaving care. To learn how you can make a difference for our youngest patients now and into the future, contact Kylie Johnson at 413-794-7789 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For kids like Mia who spent hours at a time receiving infusions; for chronically ill children who need special treatments or therapies; and for those kids who may just once undergo a diagnostic test or minor surgical procedure, or receive IV hydration during flu season — Baystate Children’s Hospital is building a new, state-of-the-art Pediatric Procedures and Infusion Unit designed especially for our youngest patients.
To learn more about opportunities to support this project or to ensure a higher state of caring for children and families well into the future, please contact Kylie Johnson at 413-794-7789 or email@example.com.
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