Annually, Youngsters’s Miracle Community (CMN) Hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada establish a “champion” of their local people to signify children handled on the native kids’s hospital. This 12 months, Orangevale resident Avery Cunha has been named the CMN champion for UC Davis Youngsters’s Hospital.

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Avery Cunha is the CMN at UC Davis champion for 2022.

Because the face of CMN at UC Davis for 2022, Avery and her household will assist campaigns that profit UC Davis Youngsters’s Hospital, the one CMN Hospital within the space.

Avery was 19 months outdated when she fell right into a pool and almost drowned. She was transported by way of helicopter to UC Davis Youngsters’s Hospital, the place medical doctors instructed her mother and father she won’t make it. After months of care within the Pediatric Cardiac and Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) and complete rehabilitation, Avery was discharged.

Now 5 years outdated, Avery has been capable of dwell a full life with the assistance of CMN donors, her UC Davis Youngsters’s Hospital care workforce and her mother and father, Amber and Ben Cunha. They’re excited their daughter is the 2022 champion.

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Avery virtually drowned in 2018, however now she is a wholesome, energetic lady who likes to run, play and snigger. She begins kindergarten within the fall.

Amber nonetheless cries when she thinks about how her life modified that February day.

“We have been so scared, however they offered such nice assist to us, along with giving the very best medical care to our daughter,” she stated of the UC Davis Youngsters’s Hospital care workforce. “We’re so grateful.”

“With out UC Davis Youngsters’s Hospital, we don’t assume Avery would nonetheless be right here,” added Ben Cunha.

The household has been sharing their story in assist of CMN at UC Davis for years now. Now, because the 2022 CMN champion household, they’ll attain much more folks in UC Davis Youngsters’s Hospital’s 33-county service space.

“We’re thrilled the Cunhas have agreed to proceed serving to different households,” stated Michelle Tafoya, program director of Youngsters’s Miracle Community at UC Davis. “Who higher to signify what we do right here at CMN than Avery? Her story is so compelling. It’s a cautionary story, but in addition considered one of hope and miracles. It’s positive to resonate with folks and assist save lives. That’s what we’re right here to do.”

UC Davis Youngsters’s Hospital is the Sacramento area’s solely nationally ranked, complete hospital offering look after infants, kids, adolescents and younger adults with main, subspecialty and important care. It contains the Central Valley’s solely pediatric emergency division and stage I pediatric trauma heart, which provides the best stage of look after its critically ailing sufferers, in addition to a stage I kids’s surgical procedure heart. The 129-bed kids’s hospital contains the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care models. For extra info, go to kids.ucdavis.edu.


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