Cheyanne was just 4 years old when she collapsed and was rushed to a local hospital. She was transported to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where a healthcare team discovered this recently healthy, active little girl had experienced not one, but three cardiac arrests.
She was immediately placed on the life-saving support of an ECMO machine and referred for a double-lung, heart transplant. Five different teams from throughout the hospital came together to make a modified circuit tailored for Cheyanne. This was a major breakthrough for pediatric healthcare. To date she is the youngest heart-lung transplant in Canada.
Post-transplantation and with a diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension, Cheyanne is doing extremely well. She manages her condition with love, spunk and a lot of help from her local Children’s Miracle Network member hospital.
Funds in Action
The Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation raises funds for specialized equipment, medical education, specialized education and research to pave the way to the discovery of new treatments or cures for child health issues.