Meet Zion and Zhania

This brother and sister duo share a love of video games, sweet treats and summer vacations. They’re also bonded by a truly unique medical story. Over a period of a few weeks in 2012, they became the first children with sickle cell disease to receive successful and life-saving heart transplants.

Thanks to the expert care and research at the hospital’s Heart Institute, Zion and Zhania are doing well and receive checkups and blood transfusions once a month. The hospital staff asserts that many of the life-saving developments and intervention devices wouldn’t be possible without donated funds, like those delivered by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

For all they have in common, Zion and Zhania have some pretty distinct interests. Zhania’s noted for being a “girlie girl” with a style all her own and a love of clothes making. Zion’s a math and science brain pondering two future careers: a football coach or a heart surgeon.

CMN Hospitals Funds in Action

 Many of the life-saving developments and intervention devices used to treat Zion and Zhania wouldn’t be possible without donated funds, like those delivered by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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