2012 Miracle Ambassador

Age 7 - SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical CenterCamryn Akerson

During a routine 20-week ultrasound, doctors discovered Camryn had hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain), a shortened right ulna, and was missing her right radius.  Born four weeks premature at just 4 pounds 8 ounces, Camryn spent a month in the NICU at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center where doctors also discovered atrial and ventricular septal defects in her heart.  With her many complications, doctors feared Camryn may never walk, talk, or see.

Camryn’s first three years were very tough and she underwent 12 different surgeries to install shunts, fix heart defects, and attempt lifting her right eyelid.  Despite everything, Camryn now walks, talks, can see, and has an extremely bubbly personality!  Thanks to the wonderful care she received at Cardinal Glennon, Camryn is now in a regular second grade class with no special services.