Critical Care Transport team delivers Christmas to pediatric heart children

    Unloading the ambulance filled with presents for Chloe and her family.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Team helped deliver an early Christmas to families whose children have Congenital Heart Defects.

    The Sunrise Children’s Hospital pediatric ambulance pulled up ready to spread Christmas cheer with flashing lights, Christmas décor and the back of the ambulance full of presents.

    “Our Critical Care Transport team is called upon to bring critically ill children to our hospital which can be a scary thing for anyone, especially a child,” said Mark Amox, Chief Operating Officer for Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “It is always gratifying for our team to have a positive interaction and see the kids’ smiling faces as they explore the ambulance full of holiday gifts just for them.”

    One of the special recipients was Chloe Manuel who is just three-years-old. Confined to a wheelchair and struggling developmentally, she is surrounded by a loving family: her mom Yvonne, her dad Antwand; and siblings Anthony and Baylee.

    Manuel is diagnosed with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, a rare chromosomal disease that affects one in 50,000 people. However, to us, she is one in a million.

    The Children’s Heart Foundation, solely dedicated to funding CHD, brought Chloe’s family to the attention of Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

    The hospital’s Care Team members from the Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Unit, the ER and the Transport team adopted three families in total.

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