State: San Antonio, TX
Facility: University Health Systems
Ana is a three year old girl that was diagnosed with spina bifida in utero. She has been in and out of the hospital several times but most recently was hospitalized two separate times in less than a two week period. Ana is by far one of the happiest patients I have ever had the privilege to work with. She is never without a smile, wakes up giggling and rarely ever complains. The only time I saw her ever complain was when she cried because she was hungry at 11am from still being NPO, but she was quickly able to perk back up and play. Ana has an infectious personality and can cheer anyone up. She is always so happy and so independent. Even though she is in a wheelchair she is still willing to chase any staff member around the halls and is always determined to make her way to the playroom as quick as possible. With her positive attitude and her beautiful smile, I believe we could all learn a great deal from this little hero.