For the Kids, UF Health Shands Children's Hospital eNewsletter
December 2015
Wyatt was born with five major heart defects that eventually led to complete heart failure. At 2 months old, he was placed on the Berlin Heart, a device that helped circulate blood and keep Wyatt alive while he waited for a heart transplant. After 217 days Wyatt received the miracle of a new heart. Now he is full of life and energy!

Give a fairy tale ending to 2015 for kids like Wyatt


Thank you for your unwavering support this year.

It's been a magical year at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital, and we've reached many important milestones thanks to your continued support. Children like Wyatt who are battling against the odds get a bit of help in their favor because of you.

But there is still work to be done in the coming months and years as we continue to provide world-class care for our littlest patients.

If you were planning to make a charitable contribution this year, consider donating before the clock strikes midnight Thursday, Dec. 31.

The 2015 tax deadline for charitable contributions is December 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Your gift to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital supports the only comprehensive pediatric facility in North Florida that treats patients from throughout Florida and the United States. UF pediatricians offer some of the most specialized pediatric programs for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of complex medical conditions.

Medical equipment, patient room amenities and even games and art supplies are a few examples of how your gift directly impacts lives.

Make your online gift here, or call the UF Health Office of Development to speak with a development officer at (352) 265-7237.


UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Wish List

The holidays are a great time to gather toys and other needed items for donation. But the need exists after the New Year, too.

We want to make the most of your donation efforts. Here is a list of year-round items that support our patients while in our care. Your contributions make a difference!

Read the entire wish list here.

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Fun at Festival of Trees

The 2015 Festival of Trees ended December 5 with more than 800 visitors attending the holiday event at Tioga Town Center.

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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Izabella

Each month, we'll highlight one of our special Children's Miracle Network Ambassadors and tell their story. Learn more about the Ambassador program here.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Izabella

At 14 months old, Izabella is one of the youngest patients in the U.S. to receive a heart-lung transplant.

As a premature baby in the NICU in South Florida, Izabella suffered a pulmonary hemorrhage and bled out from her lungs. Five months later, she was diagnosed with a rare surfactant deficiency, which means she can’t breathe without life support.

The only thing that could save Izabella was a lung transplant.

In order to have the transplant she needed a lung biopsy, but was too sick for the procedure. Her life expectancy was seven months.