Fairhope’s Jenny Biggs, a recent University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital patient, will be leaving Sept. 16 for Orlando and Washington D.C., as Alabama’s Champion for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an organization that raises support for children’s hospitals across North America.
“Jenny’s story has been an inspiration to all of us, and we’re thrilled that she will be representing not only our hospital but all of Alabama for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” Owen Bailey, administrator of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, said.
Jenny came to Children's & Women's two years ago after a CT scan revealed a brain tumor. The surgery to remove the tumor went well but Jenny quickly developed a blood clot in another area of her brain, requiring an emergency craniotomy. Jenny spent time on a ventilator and had to relearn how to talk, walk and use her right hand. Her physicians, nurses and therapists were amazed at her positive attitude throughout her recovery, and today she is a healthy, happy teenager.
While in Orlando and Washington, Jenny and her family will highlight the vital work taking place in hospitals such as USA Children's & Women's Hospital. She was recognized this summer with a public ceremony in Fairhope.
“I'm so thankful we had the outcome we had,” Berry McKelvain, Jenny’s mother, said. “I realize it could have gone very differently without God and a very talented surgeon, the wonderful and amazing Dr. Anthony Martino, and a great medical team at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.”
To learn more about the program and to read about Jenny and other Champions’ stories, please visit http://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/About/Champions/AL. For more information about supporting USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals organization, please contact USA Children's & Women's Development at 415-1636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.