Give Hope. Spread Joy.

When 13-year-old Maddie Rhodes learned she needed a heart transplant, she did not expect her summertime diagnosis to stretch into a winter holiday stay at the hospital. Born with a congenital heart defect, Maddie and her family spent seven months away from their Central Florida home, waiting for her transplant.

Maddie’s mom, Michelle Rhodes, remembers the special efforts made for Maddie and other children in the unit during the December holidays. Josh Campbell, R.N., B.S.N., CCRN, PCICU nurse manager, summoned some help from a little “UF Health Elf” to spread joy.

“The elf was special because it motivated Maddie to get out of her room and look for where he would be placed every morning,” Michelle said. “She looked forward to it every morning.”


These kind gestures are what made the holidays a little better for Maddie and her family.

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