Meet Our 2016 Miracle Children

Drea Gauquie, 11, Pitt County

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A birthday party took a tragic turn in March 2015 when Drea Gauquie and her friends were riding an all-terrain vehicle that rolled over and crushed her foot. The accident tore away skin, broke most of her foot’s bones, and stripped away muscle tissue. Once at children’s hospital, her doctors weren’t sure they could save her foot. She underwent surgery three times a week to keep the wound clean, and had steady antibiotic infusions. After several weeks in Maynard Children’s Hospital and extensive surgeries, the medical team was able to save Drea’s foot and she has now returned to school and a normal life.

 

Thor Forte, 5, Craven County

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Even though he is only 5 years old, Thor Forte has already undergone 23 blood transfusions. He has sickle cell anemia, a painful condition that reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. As a result, Thor experiences the sensation of pins or razors in his joints when the disease flares up within him. He is happy and playful, and understands that sometimes he must take it easy. Although his immune system is compromised, he has avoided long hospital stays, and he takes medication to prevent infections. Thor is set to start kindergarten in the fall.

 

Liangie Monclova-Martinez, 8, Craven County

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No one knows what caused Liangie Monclova-Martinez to develop encephalitis, but by the time she arrived at children’s hospital in May 2015, she was having uncontrollable seizures. Her condition was so serious that she was placed in a medically induced coma for six weeks. During that time her recovery began. In all, Liangie remained hospitalized for three months, undergoing treatment for her seizures and receiving medications to help control them. Liangie is doing much better and is back at school with her third-grade classmates. She is catching up, and working on her reading, too.

 

Angel Watkins, 15, Wilson County

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In late 2014 Angel began limping, and her hometown doctor sent her to see Dr. Beng Fuh, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Maynard Children’s Hospital. She and her parents learned that she had a fast moving cancer tumor growing in her knee, and her leg was amputated at the hip. Today Angel uses a prosthetic leg, and is “doing really well – progressing fast,” Patricia says. They return to Maynard Children’s Hospital every three months for a bone scan, but they are grateful to have left the illness behind. They are happily looking forward to their daughter’s continued improvement.

 

Jeannette Seabury, 2, Washington County

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At only six days old, preemie Jeannette Seabury underwent surgery to repair a serious blood vessel defect and developed a life-threatening clot in her abdominal artery. During a total of nine months’ hospitalization, she slowly healed and grew strong, and went home with her mother in February 2015. Today she enjoys the fun times of childhood, learning to push her toys, and cuddling her loved ones.

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