A mother’s heartfelt thanks for giving her daughter a new life

Ciara with big brother, Nikko, and mom, Christine

At Texas Children’s Hospital, our specialists treat children from all over the world, providing the most up-to-date therapies available for even the most serious conditions.  Families have come to know that for children who need a second chance at life, this is the place to be.

Most new parents do not even consider the possibility that their child may be born with a heart problem. The reality, however, is that each year in the United States, thousands of infants struggle from their first breath to overcome serious heart defects that may affect them for the rest of their lives.

Ciara was one of those infants, and the care she received at Texas Children’s Hospital saved her life.  Ciara’s mother, Christine, recently sent us the letter below and asked us to share it with our donors:

I want to let you know the difference your support makes for children like my precious Ciara by sharing with you how she is doing today. When Ciara was not even 4-months-old, she had a heart transplant. I never would have imagined that a heart transplant was possible for a baby. What Texas Children’s did is truly remarkable.

No one else could have saved her. I never thought I would be able to see Ciara graduate from college, get married or start a family of her own. Today, Ciara is almost 3- years- old and so full of energy, running, jumping and barely taking a break to catch her breath.

Ciara’s energy level is even more astounding because she has just been diagnosed with transplant coronary artery disease. Before Ciara’s heart transplant, her doctors explained to us that most heart transplant patients develop this disease, but it is generally years later. She is now on medication. In all likelihood, Ciara will have another transplant.

It means so much to have Ciara in our lives. I feel so blessed to have her. Every day I tell her how much I love her. She loves playing outside with her big brother, Nikko. She tries to boss him around, and Nikko is so gentle and patient with her. Ciara is always laughing and smiling and singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

Texas Children’s, and wonderful supporters like you, gave Ciara a second chance at life. I know Texas Children’s will give her a third. We can never thank you and the amazing surgeons and doctors at Texas Children’s enough.

From our family to yours,

Christine, Nikko and Ciara

As you can see your support truly does make a difference—for our patients and their families. To find out how you can support Texas Children’s Hospital, visit www.texaschildrens.org/donate.

For more information about the Texas Children’s Heart Center and our Heart Transplant Program, visit http://www.texaschildrens.org/carecenters/heart/.

Our purpose is simple – heal sick children. We invite you to join us.


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