Ambassador Highlight: Meet Micha

Published: August 11th, 2016

Category: CMN Ambassador Stories, For the Kids, Patient Stories

Micah W and Mom

Micha Wright, pictured with her mother.

At 13 years old, Micha Wright became an unconventional jeweler. Her route to entrepreneurism and philanthropy began in 2000, when Micha was born three months early.

At one month old and already fighting for her life, she developed a grade 4 brain bleed that blocked the flow of cerebral spinal fluid. This resulted in a dangerous condition called hydrocephalus — an increased amount of fluid in the brain.

At 2 months old, Micha underwent the first of many brain surgeries to place a shunt, which helped relieve her brain of extra fluid. After several months and more surgeries to revise the shunt, Micha was finally healthy enough to go home. However, her battle did not end there.

Thirteen years later, her shunt snapped and had to be replaced and revised. Shortly after, Micha developed a fungal infection, and doctors had to remove the shunt to treat the infection.

During a six-week hospitalization at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, Micha learned about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and how it supports kids like her. She decided to make bracelets and sell them to give back to the hospital that helped save her life on several occasions.

Spending six very long weeks in the hospital is not easy for any teenager, but Micha spent her time learning more about CMN and its mission. From there, Micha’s Jewels was born.

Today, Micha is strong, healthy, and — in her own words — victorious! She still enjoys making bracelets for anyone who is willing to donate to the children’s hospital.

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